Response to Instruction

The purpose of Response to Instruction (RTI) is to offer educators a framework in which to structure early interventions to support at risk and struggling students.  RTI uses differentiated instruction to meet the needs of the students in the general education classrooms. RTI encompasses responsive teaching that benefits all learners.

There are 5 essential elements to the RTI framework:

  • School wide screenings are administered periodically during the year. Teachers use the results to drive teaching instruction.
  • Classroom teachers, represent the first line of early intervention, by implementing high quality instruction, using differentiated instruction, to match the student’s learning needs.
  • RTI will document the progress of the students to enable the teacher to assess the student’s response to the interventions being used.
  • If classroom interventions are unsuccessful, the students may need additional support given in the RTI classroom as determined by an educational team.
  • As a result, the student will receive additional support without a disability label in a small group or on an individual basis addressing the educational needs of the student striving toward forward academic progress.