Response to Intervention (RTI)
RTI may be described as a model addressing the needs of all students through a continuum of services which provide:
(1) high-quality instruction and scientific, researched-based, tiered intervention strategies aligned with individual student need;
(2) frequent monitoring of student progress to make results-based academic or behavioral decisions;
(3) data-based school improvement; and
(4) the application of student response data to important educational decisions (such as those regarding placement, intervention, curriculum, and instructional goals and methodologies).
These activities typically occur in the general education setting as schools assist struggling students prior to and, often, in lieu of a referral to special education. Local education agency (LEA) general and special education staff coordinate and collaborate in developing a process implementing this framework.