Thursday, November 29, 2018

What Is Response to Intervention in the Educational Setting?

A former public school system superintendent, Rebecca Lowry currently works for Cumberland Therapies in the greater Dayton, Ohio, region. During her time as an assistant superintendent with Chichester School District, Rebecca Lowry oversaw behavioral and academic-support programs, including Response to Intervention (RTI).

The RTI strategy delivers targeted, intensive academic instruction to students who need help reaching grade-level standards. The process consists of three tiers. In the first RTI tier, a qualified teacher provides high-quality classroom instruction based on data-backed best practices. Students receive regular screening, and those who need extra support receive supplemental instruction in the regular classroom. Students are monitored for progress toward curriculum-based standards over a period of approximately eight weeks. Those who have not sufficiently improved their skills move to Tier 2.

Tier 2 of RTI consists of targeted interventions in a small-group setting in addition to general classroom instruction. Progress monitoring continues, and if students show too little progress, they move to Tier 3, which consists of increased intensive interventions and, if necessary, a more comprehensive educational evaluation to determine whether a student needs special-education services. 

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