“Response to Intervention (RTI) is an innovative approach for meeting the challenges of today’s diverse classroom. The model began to gain prominence after the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognized it as an alternative means for identifying students with specific learning disabilities. “[1]

RTI is much more than a diagnostic process. It is designed to improve achievement of all students. The RTI framework emphasizes the importance of high quality teaching, early intervention, and progress monitoring of targeted interventions to address students’ individual academic and behavioral needs.

“Response to Intervention integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems. With RTI, schools identify students a 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, and identify students with learning disabilities.” www.RTI4success.org

RTI in Action in TCISD

TCISD uses a problem solving approach model of RTI to identify students who are struggling academically. These problem solving steps include:

  • Universal screening of all students in the areas of reading and math to identify students who are “at risk” or “struggling” in the core curriculum.
  • Tiered instruction of increasing intensity
  • Progress Monitoring of documented interventions
  • Informed decision making based on the progress monitoring documentation

Click on this link to download the TCISD RTI HANDBOOK

[1] Elizabeth Whitten, Ph.D., Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D., and Alice Woodrew, Ed.D. (2009) RTI Success, Proven Tools and Strategies for Schools and Classrooms.