Understanding RTI²

  • 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 21st centu-ry global society.

    Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) is a framework for teaching and learning. It is a model that provides evidence-based in-structional 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.

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:

    Tier I includes 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 includes targeted, extra instruction and interventions. 

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

    Tier III includes intensive interventions. 

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

Key RTI² Terms

  • 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 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 (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.

What are the steps in RTI²?

  • 1. Screening is conducted for ALL students.

  • 2. All students receive appropriate instruction.

  • 3. The level of support (Tiers I, II, III) needed for each student is determined.

  • 4. Progress monitoring is conducted.

  • 5. Parents will be informed and involved.

QUICK FACTS - RTI² Includes:

    • High quality, research-based instructional support in general education.
    • School-wide screening to determine which students need closer monitoring or additional interventions. 
    • Multiple tiers of increasingly intense, research-based interventions matched to the needs of students.
    • Use of collaborative problem solving to develop, implement, and monitor interventions.
    • Continuous monitoring of student progress to determine if instruction and interventions are effective in meeting the needs of students.
    • Follow-up to insure that instruction and interventions were im-plemented as planned.
    • Active parent involvement throughout the process of pursuing solutions that lead to increased success.