What it is: RtI enables teachers to diagnose a student’s entry level in specific content, prescribe an intervention that will advance the student’s progress, and assess the degree to which the intervention worked.
All students in a grade level are grouped according to their readiness (achievement level) and ability for learning.
Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtI) is a multi-level framework for student growth in the classroom. The framework provides a process for teachers to ensure personalized learning for all students to reach their potential. The foundation of RtI includes: data collection, instruction, and interventions. RtI is about clearly identifying students’ needs, designing a tiered system of support that rests on strong core instruction, frequently monitoring students that are underachieving, and changing interventions when students are not progressing to their expected level. With response to instruction and systemic intervention strategies, all students can achieve success.
As a part of the RTI framework, Gifted Education Services offers qualifying students a Tier 3 Intervention in math that includes compacting of grade level standards and accelerated curriculum (curriculum-based services). In addition, qualifying students receive a Tier 2 Intervention in language arts that includes enrichment activities with an emphasis on social, emotional issues (student -based services).
Enfranchising gifted learners in the RTI framework can provide a pathway to higher achievement for gifted learners as well as all students in the school. Narrowing the range of abilities in a classroom and targeting instruction at the right level of difficulty provides an opportunity for optimal growth.