What is RtI? Response to Instruction (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning. These services may be provided by a variety of personnel, including general education teachers, special educators, and specialists. Progress is closely monitored to assess both the learning rate and level of performance of individual students. Educational decisions about the intensity and duration of interventions are based on individual student response to instruction. RtI is designed for use when making decisions in both general education and special education, creating a well-integrated system of instruction and intervention guided by child outcome data. The essential components of RtI are: Highly Qualified Classroom Teachers, On-going teacher assessment, Tiered Instruction, and Parental Involvement. There are three Tiers that are utilized in the Response to Invention model. Below you will read a brief description of each tier:
- Tier I is where all students receive high-quality, scientifically based instruction, differentiated to meet their needs, and are screened on a periodic basis to identify struggling learners who need additional support. This is the CORE instruction.
- Tier II is where students not making adequate progress in the core curriculum are provided with increasingly intensive instruction matched to their needs on the basis of levels of performance and rates of progress.
- Tier III is where students receive individualized, intensive interventions that target the students’ skill deficits for the remediation of existing problems and the prevention of more severe problems.
The building of the system system is essential for students to help all students become successful. It all begins with the CORE instruction. If students are not mastering the taught skills with 80% or higher, then change is necessary within the Core Instruction. As a teacher, you must decide if you are differentiating your instruction to meet the needs of ALL of your students. Please help us welcome, Brian Smith to the NCCS family as the Lead Facilitator of RtI. We will transfer from ICT to RtI this school year. We will transition in a slow manner to make sure that everyone understands the process. “The effects of educational failure are going to get worse if we don’t prepare all students to be competitive in the global market place.” – The Perfect Storm For more information on RtI – http://www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/responsiveness/rtimaterials/