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  What is

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning. Progress is closely monitored to assess both the learning rate and level of performance of individual students. Educational decisions about the intensity and duration of interventions are based on individual student response to instruction. With the RTI model, all students have the potential to grow and succeed as a learner.

When you think of RTI, think of a triangle. The base of the triangle is Tier I. That is where 80% of students are. Tier I students are successful in the classroom when they receive the core instruction.

Tier II
is where 15% of students fall. They need supplemental instruction or interventions to be successful in the classroom. This goes beyond the normal class instruction. Students in this tier receive 30 minutes a day of small group instruction.

Tier III is the top of the triangle. This is where 5% of students fall. In Tier III, Tier II interventions have not helped. After repeated interventions, the student is still not meeting grade level standards. At this point, a team of educators will work together to determine what intensive interventions the student needs.