Response to Intervention: Overview
Response to Intervention (RTI) is an assessment-intervention model that allows schools to deliver sound instructional methods to all students. In RTI, all students are screened and monitored for specific educational outcomes, and those needing additional assistance are given targeted intervention that is monitored systematically using scientifically based data recording procedures. RTI uses a multi-tier model of intervention. Each tier represents an increasing level of instruction matched to the student'' needs. Movement between tiers is decided by the Instructional Support Team based on student academic growth measured through screening and progress monitoring.
Over the years, the education policy and law has increasingly recognized the importance of prevention and intervention for student learning. Recent changes in two major US education policies (i.e., No Child Left Behind, NCLB; The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA 2004) reflect this importance. With the implementation of NCLB, IDEA 2004 and subsequent changes to the Massachusetts education regulations, school districts are required to use a systematic data based RTI model in general education prior to identifying students with a specific learning disability. Norwell's adoption of the RTI model aligns our practices with the NCLB and IDEA 2004.
Norwell Public Schools operates a fully developed and operational RTI model at the elementary level. Beginning school year 2010-2011 Norwell Middle School will be piloting an RTI model in grade six, with roll-out planned for grades seven and eight in the coming years.