Response to Intervention (RtI)

What is RtI?

Wisconsin's vision for RtI has three essential elements:

  • high quality instruction
  • balanced assessment
  • collaboration                    

These elements work together within a culturally responsive, multi-level system of support and to increase success for all students.

Schools employ the three essential elements of RtI at varying levels of intensity based upon student responsiveness to instruction and intervention with all systems interacting and working together.

What does RtI look like in East Troy?

The Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) that is comprised of RtI and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) has three tiers that build upon one another. Each tier provides more intensive levels of support.

· Universal (Tier I) Intervention- The school provides all students with access to high quality curriculum, instruction, and behavior supports in the general education classroom.

· Selected (Tier II) Intervention- The school provides interventions to small groups of students who need more support than they are receiving through Tier I. Tier II interventions are typically conducted by the classroom teacher and are within the regular education classroom environment.

· Intensive (Tier III) Intervention- The school develops and implements interventions to meet individual needs of students. When students do not demonstrate sufficient success with Tier II interventions, they may be intensified (such as occurring more frequently or in a smaller group) at the Tier III level. Tier III interventions are typically pull-out services, conducted by either by a teacher other than the classroom teacher, such as an interventionist or a special education teacher.

How does RtI support district goals?

RtI is high quality, research- based instructional and behavioral supports in general education which ensure the following district goals:

  • A year plus of learning growth for each child, each year
  • Programming opportunities through systems and practices that recognize the talents of each child
  • Individualized learning by engaging students with a personalized learning environment

How can parents be involved in RtI?

Parents play a critical role in supporting what their children are learning in school.  The more parents are involved in student learning, the higher the student’s achievement.  Ask questions to learn more about this process:

  • Is my child successful? If not, what additional instruction/interventions will my child receive?
  • What types of programs are used in my child’s classroom (e.g. instructional programs intervention supports)?
  • How will additional assistance be provided?  By whom? How often?  For how long?
  • How will I know if my child is making progress?  How will I know if my child is making sufficient progress?
  • What will the school do if my child is not improving?
  • What can I do at home to help my child?

Ask your child’s teacher for more information about how you can be involved in the RtI process.

What can I expect with RtI?

Parents want to see their child excel, and it can be very frustrating if a child falls behind in reading, math, writing or other subjects, or if a child has difficulty getting along with others or making appropriate choices.  With RtI in East Troy, you will:

  • be informed and involved in planning and providing interventions for your child.
  • see levels of support (academic and behavioral) that increase and decrease in intensity depending on your child’s needs.
  • receive frequent progress monitoring about how your child responds to the intervention provided.