Response to Intervention Framework

The Response To Intervention (RTI) framework provides a systematic approach to proactively provide a continuum of academic, behavioral, and wellness supports to all students; it requires a whole-child approach. RTI is not the pathway to special education; it is the pathway for all students to be successful in general education. The practices that make RTI successful are iterative and include ongoing data analysis and ongoing problem solving. Finally, the core value implicit in RTI implementation is that when a student is struggling, the response must be to evaluate the instruction the student is receiving rather than assuming there is a ‘within-child problem.’

There are three tiers within a Response To Intervention framework:

  • Tier 1 is the high quality instruction that all students receive, that includes various supports within the classroom including scaffolds and differentiation
  • Tier 2 refers to small group instruction targeting a specific skill
  • Tier 3 refers to a more intensive small group instruction (additional days per week and even smaller group) that is customized to the students in the group