Response to Intervention (RtI)
Purpose of RtIIn recent years, Congress has added new provisions to our nation’s federal education laws — the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA2004) and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) — that are designed to encourage school districts to provide additional support for struggling students within general education. This support should be provided as early as possible — when students show the earliest signs of difficulty. While schools have attempted many ways to help struggling students, including those with disabilities, the current focus is on an improved, research-based process known as Response to Intervention(RtI).
Definition & BenefitsResponse to Intervention is a multi-step model that promotes a well-integrated system connecting general, compensatory, gifted, and special education in providing high-quality, standards-based instruction and intervention matched to students’ academic and behavioral needs. A continuum of intervention tiers with increasing levels of intensity and duration is central to RtI. Collaborative educational decisions are based on data derived from frequent monitoring of student progress and rate of learning.
What RtI Is and What RtI Is Not
• An initiative that supports general education school improvement goals
• Intended to help as many students as possible meet proficiencystandards without special education
• A method to unify general and special education in order to benefit students through greater continuity of services
• Focused primarily on effective instruction to enhance student growth• A process where decisions are made based upon bench- marking and progress monitoring data
RtI IS NOT…
• A stand alone special education initiative
• A method for increasing or decreasing special education numbers
• Focused primarily on disability determination and documentation through a checklistHelpful Links