The greatest benefit of the RtI approach is that it eliminates a “wait to fail” situation. Students get prompt assistance in the general educational setting. If assessment data indicates a problem area for a student or a group, interventions are put into place to address these concerns.
While a student is receiving an intervention, his/her progress is formally monitored. Progress monitoring techniques used within the RtI process provide information that allows teachers to better evaluate student needs.
Teachers can then match instruction, resources and interventions directly to the student’s needs.
Student needs are addressed through a flexible service delivery model. This model allows students to receive literacy, math and/or behavioral intervention from any member of the support services team.
The District 31 support services team includes literacy coaches, ELL teachers, special educators, speech pathologists, social workers, and a school psychologist.
RtI is a three-tier model of school supports that uses research-based interventions. At all stages of the process, RtI focuses on discovering how to make the student more successful.
Tier 1: 80 – 90% of all students
All students are provided instruction of the core curriculum. Approximately 80-90% of the students should be successful if the core curriculum is well designed and implemented.
Tier 2: 5 – 10% of all students
Approximately 5-10% of the students require learning opportunities in small groups beyond the core curriculum to be successful. Interventions target specific deficits and are short term. Students respond rapidly.
The Who, What, Where, Why, and When of RtI
Children in grades K- 8 receive academic and/or behavioral interventions.
Interventions consist of scientific, research-based instruction by trained staff members.
Interventions take place in a variety of academic settings depending upon individual student needs or the size of the group.
Interventions occur throughout the school day, before or after school.
Academic and behavioral interventions provide instruction to better meet the needs of the individual student. The RtI process monitors student progress and the effectiveness of the interventions that have been implemented.
How can parents get involved?