RTI: Response to Intervention
Changes in federal and state laws have directed schools to focus more on helping all children learn by addressing problems earlier within the general education setting.
These new laws emphasize the importance of providing high quality, scientifically-based instruction and interventions, and hold schools accountable for the adequate yearly progress of all students.
This new process of providing interventions to students who are at risk for academic or behavioral problems is called RtI (Response to Intervention).
Read on to find a Parents' Guide to RTI.
What is RTI?
RtI is a process designed to help schools focus on high quality interventions that are matched to student needs and monitored on a frequent basis. The information gained from an RtI process is used by school personnel and parents to adapt instruction and to make decisions regarding the student’s educational program.
What are the benefits of RTI?
Perhaps the greatest benefit of an RtI approach is that it eliminates a “wait to fail” situation because students get help promptly within the general education setting. As soon as assessment data indicates a problem area for a student or a group of students, interventions are put into place to address these concerns.
The Process: Most RtI systems are divided into a three-tier intervention model:
A Parents' Guide to RTI
What if my child is referred to the school's "Problem Solving Team?"
- Attend team meetings. Remember, you are the expert of your child!
- Ask what interventions are being used for academic and/or behavioral problems.
- Ask what techniques are being used to monitor student progress and the effectiveness of the implemented interventions.
- Ask your school to provide you with regular progress monitoring reports.
- Praise your child for any progress or general improvement in the area(s) of concern.
- Implement or reinforce any strategies or interventions at home.
- When possible, make suggestions for strategies or interventions based on what you know works well at home.
- Always ask questions when things are not clear!
- Your consent is required for the school to evaluate or implement special services.