Response to Intervention
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a process for ensuring academic and behavioral success for all students by tailoring instruction to meet individual student needs through:
- school-wide screening to identify students in need of academic and behavioral interventions
- research-based instruction and interventions provided by highly qualified teachers;
- systematic, frequent progress monitoring and data-driven decision-making; and
- a multi tiered system of interventions which increase in intensity in response to student needs.
With RtI, schools use data to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness.
Essential Components of RtI
A rigorous prevention system provides for the early identification of learning and behavioral challenges and timely intervention for students who are at risk for long-term learning problems. This system includes three levels of intensity or three levels of prevention, which represent a continuum of supports. Traditionally, a pyramid model is used to illustrate this continuum of support. The pyramid model also illustrates two important aspects of the multi-tiered system of support: (1) the number of students served decreases as you move up the tiers and (2) the intensity of support increases as you move up the tiers. Each tier is described below and applies to both academic and behavioral systems.