Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RTI) is one way to ensure all learners achieve their full potential. If a child is struggling academically, the school’s first thought under the RTI model is that maybe this child isn’t receiving the instruction that he or she needs to succeed. In other words, the student isn’t responsive to the core instruction in the classroom. Currently, RTI is most often used in the curriculum area of reading.

RTI is a multi-step process that includes screening or “benchmarking” all students three times per year. Screening is a quick assessment to help identify students who are considered at-risk of not learning the necessary skills expected for the student’s age or grade level. Based on the results of the screening, a school may provide additional research-based instructional support, often delivered in a small group, to address the student’s specific areas of need.

Students who are receiving specialized, additional instruction to the classroom core instruction will be “progress monitored.” Progress monitoring involves a frequent assessment of a student’s performance in a particular skill to determine whether the specific instructional support is working and to provide information to the student’s teacher on how to adjust instruction to meet the student’s need. For students who continue to struggle even with these additional supports, the school may determine it necessary to provide more frequent, smaller group instruction, and/or provide the intervention for a longer period of time than previously provided.

If you have any questions about our RTI program and/ or delivery, please contact our Main Office at (716) 626-8800 and we will refer you to a member of our Intervention Team.  Our Intervention Team for the 2020-2021 school year includes Mrs. Heidi Jacobs, Mrs. Melissa Moore, Mrs Patricia Johnston, and Mrs. Susan Koch.