The Sevier County School System is dedicated to insuring the success of ALL students. In collaboration with parents, school personnel provide children a healthy and safe learning environment where they develop critical skills needed in a twenty-first century global society.

Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²) is a framework for teaching and learning. It is a model that provides evidence-based instructional strategies by highly-qualified staff that is matched to student needs and monitored on a frequent basis. The information gathered by this model is used to make decisions regarding the student's educational programming. For more information visit the Tennessee Department of Education website.


Instructional Focus: A Multi-tiered Framework

RTI² is a process used to determine if a student is responding to classroom instruction and progressing as expected. The RTI² process has three tiers, or levels, that build upon one another. Each tier provides more intensive layers of support. A child's progress is monitored and results are used to make decisions about additional instruction and intervention.

Tier I - High Quality Instruction

The school provides all students with high quality and culturally responsive instruction in the areas of academics, attendance, and behavior.

Tier II - Targeted, Extra Instruction and Interventions

The school provides interventions to small groups of students who need more support than they are receiving through Tier I.

Tier III - Intensive Interventions

The school implements and monitors interventions to meet the individual needs of students.

Key RTI² Terms

Universal Screening

Universal Screening is a step taken to determine which students are "at risk" for not meeting grade level standards. Universal screening
assessments are given at set times throughout the year. Those students whose test scores fall below a certain target may be considered for needing more specialized academic interventions.

Progress Monitoring

Progress Monitoring is a scientifically-based practice that is frequently used to assess students' academic performance. It also can evaluate the effectiveness of instruction and intervention.

Scientific Research-Based Instruction

Scientific Research-Based Instruction (also called evidence-based) refers to specific curriculum and educational interventions that have been proven to be effective. This research has been reported in scientific peer-reviewed journals.

Steps in RTI²

Screening is Conducted for ALL Students

What is screening?
Screening is a quick assessment that measures a student's skills which are expected for his or her grade level. Screenings are conducted three times per year.

How are results of screening used?
Results from screenings help school personnel identify students who are considered at-risk of not learning the necessary skills expected for the student's age or grade level. Depending upon the results of initial screening, personnel may recommend that a student be provided additional instructional support to address the student's areas of need.

All Students Receive Appropriate Instruction

An RTI² process begins with providing appropriate instruction to all students by the classroom teacher in the general education class (Tier I). Appropriate instruction means the methods and materials a teacher uses are based on research showing that most students will be successful if taught in this manner. Within the RTI² model, targeted intervention is provided with increasingly intense levels or tiers of support. Increased intensity can mean more time, smaller groups, and/or more instruction focused on the specific areas in which the student is having difficulty.

The Level of Support (Tiers I, II, III) Needed for Each Student is Determined

If a student is identified as needing additional instructional support, a team will review information from the student's classroom work and screenings, as well as State and district-wide assessments. The team will recommend the type of instructional support the student needs and how often and for how long the instructional support will be provided.

Progress Monitoring is Conducted

Progress monitoring involves frequent assessment of a student's performance in specific skill areas. Progress monitoring is used to determine whether the specific instructional support is working, and it also provides information to the student's teachers so that instruction can be adjusted.

Parents Will be Informed and Involved

All parents should receive screening results from the school, as well as regular updates on his/her child's progress in the classroom. Parents of students requiring Tier II or Tier III support must be provided with information as noted below:
  • amount and type of student performance data that will be collected, and the general education services that will be provided;
  • strategies for increasing the students' rate of learning;
  • parents' right to request an evaluation for special education programs and/or services.