Monday, January 11, 2010

More on Response to Intervention (RTI)

Our previous article explored some of the frequently asked questions about Response to Intervention (RTI). I would like to continue with that theme and provide more information. RTI is composed of several activities that support students in both academics and behavior. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged and documented throughout the process. RTI supports the use of high-quality instructional and behavioral structure in a school. Scientific, research-based interventions are provided to students on a consistent basis to students who have been found "at-risk". These interventions are documented so that both parents and school personnel are aware of what the specific components and structure of the process are in regards to the interventions. Interventions address each individual student's learning difficulties and provide the needed level of intensity in order to make adequate progress. Progress is continuously monitored of at-risk students in order to help guide their instruction and ensure the instruction is meeting their needs. This data is documented and maintained on each student to help ensure that interventions are being implemented with fidelity and the intended intensity. The team of parents and school personnel use the data to make a data-based decision as to if interventions are working or if a comprehensive evaluation might be necessary in order to rule out the possibility of a learning disability.
Response to Intervention is a multi-layered process. It allows home and school to collaborate on ways to support a student in need. RTI is a process that is growing and changing, improving what all of us can do to help that student reach their potential and beyond.

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