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Is Your District Ready for Response to Intervention?

Jul 24, 2012

Is Your District Ready for RTI? Use a RTI evaluation model to learn if your district is ready to start the RTI process or if your district has sucessfully implemented the RTI process.

Response to Intervention is a research based best practice that if followed correctly will produce student improvement. There is no question about whether it will work. Why then is it not embedded all into K-12 education?


RTI Workflow Process

The RTI Response to Intervention or RTII Response to Intervention and Instruction process in theory is pretty straight forward. A teacher assesses their students and then groups them into three tiers based on their individual strengths and weaknesses. All students start in Tier 1 and then student positions are adjusted based on a set of district pre-determined factors. For example a district could decide to place all students that scored in the math Below Basic level on the state exam in Tier 3 and the basic in Tier 2. Once the tiering is complete the teacher provides instruction called interventions that targets the deficiencies based the student tier levels. These interventions are specifically targeted instructional strategies focusing on the precise student weakness area.After the intervention is completed the teacher circles back with another assessment to determine if the intervention worked. RTI progress monitoring is a tried and true way to increase student achievement. So where is the problem?

RTI Tiering Process


In the classroom the RTI process can get very messy. Just the fact that students need to be tiered can be difficult. What factors is the teacher to use when tiering? Should the teacher use just academic measurements or are behavioral factors to be considered? Both academic and behavioral factors are often measured and are used to determine the type of interventions a student needs. For example if you were to focus on the behavioral side. First you must gather the misconduct information and the attendance information which can be daunting and then you must go through the time consuming analysis of the data. For the academic side it is even harder. What data sets do you need to capture? State exams, course grades, third party benchmark tests, diagnostic tests, district made local assessments, direct teacher observations; there are many pieces of data that can be used to make a tier evaluation. Collecting, organizing, and analyzing the data it can be a never ending process that will turn a teacher into a clerk. To make sure your teachers are teaching and not data collecting you will need some type of automatic data RTI process. Consider using some type of data collecting tools or Response to Intervention software.

If you want more information to see if your district is ready to start the RTI process or if you would like to know if your district has implemented the RTI process successfully down load the RTI Evaluation Model at the bottom of the page.

This evaluation tool is provided to assist in identifying what components of the Response to Intervention (RTI) model are in place as well as possible needs. Administrators and school leaders should use this tool with problem-solving team members to evaluate the components necessary for successful RTI program.

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