Response to Intervention/ Multi- tier System of Supports
What is Response to Intervention?
Dows Lane Elementary School
RtI is a process schools use to monitor all students’ progress and provide additional
instructional supports to students. RtI focuses on the early intervention of
academic difficulty, particularly in the areas of reading and math.
All students are screened to identify those who are considered at-risk of not learning the necessary skills for students’ grade levels. Parents of students who are identified as being at-risk will be notified before the student receives additional support. Identified students will receive support based on their level of need. Students who receive RtI services will be monitored to determine whether the specific support is working and to provide information to the student’s teachers on how to adjust instruction to meet the student’s needs.
Parents of students receiving RtI support will be provided with information describing the student’s performance data that will be collected and the instructional support that will be provided. Progress reports will also be shared with parents throughout the year.
Reading Specialists: Karissa Conefry, Nicole Kratka, Peggy Barrett, and K-5 Literacy Coach Nancy Deakin
Math Interventionists, Krista Shortino and Georgia Tasigiannis
Response to Intervention: A Quick Reference Guide
At Dows Lane, we screen all students three times each year to determine who will receive Response to Intervention (RtI).
Data-Based Decision Making
Teachers use the information from the screening and progress monitoring assessments to make decisions about instruction. We want to make sure each student is getting the right instruction at the right tier to be successful. Teachers, RTI providers, Related Service Providers, and Administrators meet throughout the year to discuss students and their academic and social emotional needs.
All students are taught using instructional methods that research has shown to be effective. Instruction is differentiated for skill levels and learning styles. Tier 1 interventions generally take place in the classroom and are carried out by the classroom teacher.
Students who are identified for being at-risk receive additional targeted instruction in small groups. Tier 2 support is generally provided by an interventionist or a special education teacher.
Students in this tier receive more frequent, more intensive additional instruction in a very small group. Tier 3 support is generally provided out of the classroom by someone other than the classroom teacher,
RtI providers monitor the progress of each student to see what changes, if any, need to be made to the RtI instruction the student receives.