• R.T.I. - Response to Intervention

    Response to Intervention (RTI) is a general education model that promotes early identification of students who may be in need of additional academic and behavioral support. Parents and teachers want to help children succeed in school. RTI provides a flexible problem-solving model in which schools provide timely assistance to students and match that help to each learner’s level of need. (Wright, p. 36) Federal Laws (No Child Left Behind, 2001) and (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004) emphasize the importance of providing high quality, scientifically based instruction and interventions for all students to meet grade level standards.
    Key Terms of R.T.I.
    Response to Intervention (RTI) is a systematic and data-based method for identifying, defining, and resolving students' academic and/or behavioral needs. (Stege, p. 157)
    Benchmark Assessments are student assessments used throughout a unit or course to monitor progress toward mastery of Georgia Performance Standards.
    Progress Monitoring is a practice that is used to frequently assess students' academic performance and to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.  Progress monitoring assessments can be used with individual students or a group of students.
    Differentiation of Instruction is instruction tailored to meet the diverse needs of learners in the general education classroom.
    Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) are state standards that inform what students should know and be able to do at grade level.
    Interventions are targeted instructional programs or strategies that are based on student needs.  Interventions supplement the general education curriculum.  Interventions include well researched or evidence based specific instructional strategies and techniques.  (Georgia DOE)
    Scientific, Research-Based Instruction refers to specific curricula and eductional interventions that have been proven to be effective-that is, the research has been reported in scientific, peer-reviewed journals.
    Pyramid of Intervention
    In Georgia, a four-tier RTI model has been adopted for early intervention and to determine the student's response as required by Georgia Exceptional Student regulations.  Students receive instruction based on their needs and may move within the pyramid as data supports. 
    Essential Elements of RTI
    • Universal screenings of academics
    • Differentiation and use of scientific, research-based instruction and interventions
    • Multiple tiers of interventions matched to student needs
    • Monitoring student progress
    • Data based decision making to meet student needs
    • Parent involvement
    Pyramid of Intervention
Last Modified on August 25, 2020