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Response to Intervention (RtI)

Response to Intervention (RtI) refers to a process that emphasizes how well students respond to changes in instruction.


A major concern for parents and teachers is how to help children who experience difficulty in school. All parents want to see their child do well, and it can be very frustrating when a child struggles to master academic skills or social relationships.


RtI is a multi-tiered or leveled approach that includes increasing levels of intensity for students who do not respond as expected to instruction. RtI allows the school to provide academic interventions and behavioral supports earlier and more quickly as opposed to waiting for the child to fall substantially behind his or her peers. 

(Please click here for a thorough explanation of RtI and how it may be implemented in different cases in DPS 109.)

The essential elements of an RtI approach include:

  • The use of scientific, research-based instruction and interventions in general education;

  • Monitoring and measuring all student progress in response to the instruction and interventions

  • Using these measures of student progress to shape instruction and make educational decisions

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