Featured Topic: Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a model for reallocating existing school resources to maximize the effectiveness of instruction for all students. It
is a framework for prevention and early intervention. And it offers a promising alternative to determining students' eligibility for special education services. Implemented properly, RtI promotes a more inclusive educational experience for students and a more efficient allocation of available resources for school teams.

One of the primary goals of the RtI framework is to address students' learning difficulties early on, before they become significant enough to justify a special education placement. By providing students with high-quality instruction and interventions at the first sign of problems, school teams using RtI can prevent many of the students who may otherwise eventually be referred for special ed evaluations from falling too far behind in the first place.

Although there is not one agreed-upon 'best' RtI model, there are several key components that all successful models will share, and that experts generally agree are essential to a proper implementation of RtI. Each of these components plays a role in helping school teams to measure, and record, just how well a student has responded to the instruction, or interventions, provided.


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