District 118 Response to Intervention Plan (pdf document)
What is Response to Intervention (RtI)?
national researchers and practitioners, RtI is “the practice of
providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to student
need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes
in instruction or goals and applying child response data to important
educational decisions.” NASDE 2005
Put more simply, RtI is a method of
identifying student needs early and targeting instruction to match those
needs. We do this first by providing high quality, research-based
core instruction to all students. (Tier 1). This instruction should meet
the academic and behavioral needs of the vast majority (75-80%) of
students. For a small percentage of students (20%) we supplement that
instruction with additional research-based interventions where needed
(Tier 2). There may be an additional 1-5% of students who need short
term intensive support to meet instructional or behavioral benchmarks
Why are we using RtI?
supported by state and national laws including No Child Left Behind
(NCLB 2002) and the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA 2004) that provide for the use of RtI as a part
of the process to determine eligibility for SLD. Illinois Rule 226.130
requires the use of “a process that determines how the child responds
to scientific, research-based interventions as part of the evaluation”
for SLD. Illinois districts are to implement the use of RtI as part of
their SLD evaluation process by the 2010-2011 school year.
What are the essential components of RtI?
RtI is not
just a general education nor a special education initiative, but an
‘every-ed’ initiative. Personnel, materials and expertise are merged
to meet the academic and behavioral needs of ALL students.
RtI uses a
problem-solving method to identify the problem, analyze the cause,
develop and implement a plan, and evaluate plan effectiveness. This
procedure may be used on a school, class, small group, or individual
Core Principles of RtI
assessment for three different purposes: screening to identify
struggling students, diagnostics to further assess students' needs, and
progress monitoring to determine if interventions are benefiting