Response to Intervention: Information for Parents
What is RTI?
When “formally” defined, RTI is usually described as a multi-level or tiered prevention and intervention system that is designed to maximize student achievement and/or reduce the incidence of behavioral problems. With RTI, schools are able to identify students who are at risk (usually through the use of a district-wide screening) and implement supports and interventions which are reviewed and evaluated based on collected student evidence (e.g., word fluency, math computation). Instructional adjustments are made based on the student’s response to the implemented interventions. Although it is possible that a child may be referred for special education services that is not the primary purpose of RTI. The purpose of RTI is to put interventions in place so that each student has a genuine opportunity to improve their academic or behavioral skills in the regular classroom setting. Only when it is determined that the child’s needs exceed the resources of the regular classroom is the consideration for special education services contemplated.
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