Response to Intervention (RtI)

Overview of Response to Intervention (RtI) in Skokie District 68

RtI is an overall integrated system of school based services to ensure each student makes progress. Staff are responsible all District 68 students and for their continual academic and social emotional growth. RtI is a process of delivering specialized interventions and instruction over time that is based on close monitoring of student skills to support data informed decisions regarding instruction and behavior shaping. As individuals we are one person in the child’s life, as a team we are powerful. RtI provides a framework for delivering academic or behavioral intervention services to students who do not always learn at the same rate as their peers and require additional instruction or interventions. RtI help to ensure learning occurs for all children

The RtI model is a multi-tiered approach to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, and uses learning rate over time and level of performance to inform instructional decisions. RtI involves the systematic use of assessment data to efficiently allocate resources to improve learning for all students.  This is accomplished through benchmarking of skills (in core academic areas) at regular intervals and using this data to make instructional decisions.

Each tier of RtI is defined by the level of intensity of services required for a student to make progress. Tier I refers to general education and the core curriculum.  RtI believes that the vast majority of students (80-85%) should be able to access and demonstrate proficiency with the core, general education curriculum. However, due to the individual differences in learners, differentiated instruction is a necessary component of Tier I and regularly implemented by the classroom teacher. Academic assessments are completed through universal screenings completed three times a year (fall, winter and spring) to measure student growth

Tier II involves supplementary instruction in addition to the core curriculum. Tier II is designed to address student’s gaps in learning with instructional materials and approaches that are compatible with the core curriculum.

Tier III involves intensive instruction in addition to the core curriculum and increased supplementary instruction beyond what was previously provided in Tier II.  Typically this is in addition to daily targeted instruction. 

A student is described as receiving a Tier 1, Tier, 2, or Tier 3 services based on their learning needs. The three intervention tiers are a continuum that is fluid, as the student’s level of need dictates the level of support to be provided. The problem solving process is used to make the necessary decisions within each tier.

Partnership with Parents:

District 68 recognizes the important role of parents in supporting their child’s growth. Teachers and the RtI team will communicate regularly with parents and collaborate on the effort to advance the child’s learning to provide the strong probability of the student’s success in school.

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