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RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI)

Can you tell me a little about RTI?
In a perfect world, all children learn the same way and at the same rate. In a perfect world, all children show up for school every day, ready to learn.
It is not a perfect world.
Some children need help learning academic skills. Some children need help understanding expectations and responsibility.

What is Response to Intervention (RTI)?
All districts in the state of Illinois will use a new learning system called Response To Intervention. RTI is a system used to screen, assess, identify, plan for, and provide interventions to any student at risk of school failure due to academic or behavior needs.

Which students receive RTI services?
RTI is for any student who is not succeeding in the classroom. The type of help or interventions a student receives depends on the learning or behavior problem that may be interfering with learning. It also depends on how much help the student needs to catch up to his or her classmates. RTI is not Special Education.

What is the difference between academic skill and academic performance?
Academic skills are those tasks, concepts and ideas that are grade level expectations for all students. Academic performance is each student's ability to demonstrate skills by doing accurate work, attending class, taking tests, and staying on task.

How does negative behavior impact learning?
When a student misbehaves he/she is less likely to be prepared to receive the instruction necessary for learning. He/she may be distracted or distract others or miss valuable information, directions, or expectations.

How is it determined that a student needs RTI interventions?
All district students will be screened in Reading and Math three times a year (fall, winter, spring) using MAPS assessment to identify students having learning problems.

What is the RTI Problem Solving Team?
The RTI Problem Solving Team includes the principal, classroom teacher, and counselor. Other staff and parents as needed may be invited to participate to help design interventions to help students who are having learning problems.

What happens in a RTI Team meeting?
Step 1: A student is referred to the Team. The Team gathers information to determine the specific reasons why the student is not being successful.

Step 2: The team uses a problem solving process to identify student strengths and needs in academics and behavior.

Step 3: The Team creates an action plan. The plan specifies the interventions, the length of time they will be tried, who will implement the interventions, and how progress will be monitored.

Step 4: The Team charts student progress until everyone, including the student and parent, are satisfied that the student is making adequate progress towards success.

How are interventions provided?
Interventions are organized into Three Tiers.

Tier 1: Universal Interventions/Core Curriculum and Instruction provided in the regular classroom. 80-100% of students will participate.

Tier 2: Group Interventions/Targeted Instruction provided in small groups either within the regular classroom or through out of classroom sessions. 15% percent of students may participate.

Tier 3: Individual Interventions/Intense Instruction provided individually either within the regular classroom or through out of classroom sessions. 5% of students may participate.

How will the Team and I know if my child is progressing?
Students receiving Tier 2 or Tier 3 interventions will be assessed monthly or weekly using AIMSWEB assessment. Charts and graphs will provide information about student progress.

What can I do to help my child in school?

  • Expect your child to be successful in school.
  • Ask your child about homework.
  • Make sure your child has a place and time to do homework.
  • If your child is struggling try to find out why.
  • Talk to teachers.
  • Ask to see student work or progress monitoring charts or graphs.
  • Be an active member of the RTI Team as needed.