Taft School District 90

A Parent’s Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI)

What is RTI?

RTI is a part of a problem solving process that is used to provide instruction and interventions that are matched to students’ needs.  All schools in Illinois are required to have a Response to Intervention Plan.

The RTI process is used to improve student learning.  Taft School District believes that an effective RTI process:

  • Has an RTI team that collaborates with teachers, parents, and support personnel to identify a student’s area of need and recommend strategies for educational success.   
  • The team utilizes the problem solving method.
  • Includes the collection of data which provides an objective perspective of students and allows the teachers to enhance the learning program for the students.
  • Has interventions that reflect research-based, effective instructional strategies that will allow the students to achieve at their optimal levels.
  • Provides for positive, incremental support with increasing specificity using a multi-tiered approach.
  • Provides individualized instruction for students who need varied approaches to learning.

What is the multi-tiered approach?

  • The RTI process is described with a three-tier model that utilizes increasingly more intensive interventions.
  • Tier I instruction is appropriate for all students.  Students receive the core curriculum.
  • Some students may need more support than is provided in Tier I.  
  • Tier II instruction includes the core curriculum as well as more intensive interventions such as instruction in small 
  • Some students may need more intensive interventions than are provided in Tier II.  Tier III instruction includes the core curriculum, small group instruction, and more intensive interventions such as one-on-one instruction.  The effectiveness of the interventions in Tier III leads to the determination of the need for a special education case study evaluation.

How does the RTI process affect the special education evaluation process?

  • Special education eligibility decisions usually occur within Tier III if students do not respond to the most intensive interventions, but may occur at any tier.  Parents may request a special education evaluation at any time during the intervention process.
  • The data that are collected during the RTI process are used as part of the evaluation process for determining eligibility for special education services. 
  • On-going assessments are an important part of each of the tiers so that students’ progress can be monitored.

What is the role of parents in the RTI process?

  • Parents play an important role throughout the RTI process.  The RTI team collaborates with parents of students who are involved in the RTI process.  Parents provide insight into their children’s learning.  They are involved in discussions about their children’s progress and support their children’s learning at home.

  • Maximizing students’ learning is one of our top priorities and we very much appreciate the support of students’ parents.

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