What is RtI?
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a general education initiative written into the IDEA 2004 special education law. The purpose of RtI is to give educators a framework to determine early intervention services.
RtI was created because research and multiple long-term studies found that students can learn when given differentiated instruction, explicit instruction, and by using a scientifically research-based curriculum..
RtI involves gathering data through assessment and progress-monitoring. Educators then determine the appropriate interventions the child needs and also the instructional plans the whole class needs.
There is no specific RtI model prescribed by the IDEA law, and there are variations of three or four-tier models. The bottom line is that responsive instruction benefits all learners. In other words, meet your students’ needs.