The RTI Process

Parent Edition

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Purpose & Function

  • Can be used in any academic area
  • The main goal is to identify students before they fall too far behind
  • Provide early intervention
  • Use progress monitoring to guide further instruction
  • Multiple Tiers
  • Decreases wrong placement decisions

What does RTI mean for your child?

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Description of Each Tier

Tier One - School Wide Testing

Tier one (also referred to as universal screening) involves a test that is given to the entire school to help determine which students are falling behind their current grade level. All students receive tier one services. IF a student falls behind grade level in any subject, they will be monitored frequently to document their progress. While being monitored, the students will receive feedback to help them improve and return to grade level work.

Tier Two - Targeted Intervention - Duration: 10 weeks minimum

Tier two involves a smaller group of students being taught at one time as well as being frequently monitored. These students may still participate in the general education classroom, but receive more intensive intervention from the general education and the special education teacher. This classroom may have two teachers to a classroom that splits into groups, or the students who need extra help may be pulled out of class at the end of the day during independent work time to get smaller group help. Keep in mind that the students are not aware of who is the general education teacher and who is the special education teacher. Students only believe that the class has two teachers. If the student responds adequately to intervention, they will move back to tier one.

Tier Three - Individualized Instruction

Tier three is for students who did not respond adequately to tier two intervention. This will ensure that these students receive even more intensive and individualized instruction. This instruction is typically outside of the general education classroom to ensure the students are getting the attention they need. This teacher will generally only be the special education teacher. If the student stays in the general education classroom, the student will receive tier one instruction from the general education teacher throughout the day AND instruction from the special education teacher in an 1:1 or 1:3 teacher-student ratio. Tier three will also include frequent monitoring. If the student responds adequately to tier three instruction, the student can move back to tier two, and then tier one accordingly.

The most important part of RTI is that your child CAN move back to the beginning tier one!