What is Response to Intervention?
The basic tenants that form the foundation of Response to Intervention are:
- Learning is based on a foundation of quality instruction and effective classroom management.
- Best practice is to assist struggling students in the general educationsetting as early as possible.
- Intervention should be provided as a pro‐active effort rather than from a"wait to fail" model.
- Struggling students should receive scientific, research‐based and evidenced‐based interventions.
- Interventions must be implemented with fidelity, as they were designed, and for the length of time that research indicates that it takes to show benefits.
- Assitance should be provided in a tiered format where interventions are progressive in individualization and intensity.
- Frequent progress monitoring data must be gathered to assess student progress and the effectiveness of the interventions provided.
- Responses to interventions generate data‐driven decisions. Provision of more intense and individualized services is based upon the assessment of the student's progress.
- Effective instruction examines and addresses academic and, when needed, behavior concerns.
More detailed information about the nature and format of RtI is provided in the document, 2008 – 2009 Response to Intervention Guidance by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The TEA document can be located at their RtI webpage @ http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/curriculum/RtI/.