RTI stands for Response to Intervention and is designed to provide support for students who are at risk of falling behind or are struggling in a general education classroom. Though typically implemented for academics, RTI can also address behavioral concerns.
Who is involved in RTI?
The classroom teacher and principal work collaboratively to identify with data, whether quantitative or qualitative, specific areas in which an individual student is struggling. They generate strategies to address the concern, set measurable goals, and agree to a timeline for when to meet next to review progress.
What is the process for RTI?
The teacher completes a brief survey to begin the process, and then meets with the principal to review specific concerns. When they meet again in 2-6 weeks to review the efficacy of the interventions, they will determine if further interventions should be implemented. If the strategies do not produce outcomes, the student is then referred to the I&RS team.
I&RS stands for Intervention and Referral Services and is a way to support students experiencing academic, behavior, or health difficulties in the general education environment. The I&RS committee collects thorough information on the identified difficulties and develops action plans that provide targeted interventions or referrals to school resources.
Who is involved in I&RS?
Each school’s I&RS committee can include a building principal, guidance counselor, school nurse, teachers, parents/guardians of the student, child study team members and additional school support staff.
What is the process for I&RS?
Referral to I&RS
Data collection and collaboration to identify difficulties
The team develops and implements action plan, and assigns a case coordinator
Support, evaluate and continue the process
If actions are ineffective,
Consider referral to Child Study Team -OR- develop a 504 accommodation plan, if necessary