Response To Instruction (Intervention)
What is RTI? RTI stands for: Response To Instruction (or Intervention).
RTI is the practice of providing high-quality instruction matched to student needs using learning rate over time and level of performance to make educational decisions. The RTI practice relies on proactive & instructional problem solving to develop plans that address academic or behavioral concerns.
Our RTI model uses a
three-tiered approach to provide specialized instruction and interventions as
determined by student assessment data in reading and math. The tiers describe
increasing levels of intensity: The Benchmark (on-level) tier provides core
instruction to all students and is represented by the green portion and the
base of a triangle. Strategic includes students who are just-below level who
require supplemental or targeted instruction and is color-coded in yellow. The
third tier is the tip of a triangle and is called Intensive. This tier identifies
students who are significantly below level and who need several direct
interventions like smaller group size, modified curriculum, behavioral
instruction, and extra support from our staff.
As mentioned, we use assessment data from state, school, and classroom tests. Each year, every student is monitored three times: fall, winter, and spring. Using these results, the RTI team places students in the three tiers. From there, students receive individualized attention in our team meeting. The students are monitored closely - either every week for Intensive, or every other week for Strategic – to make sure the intervention assigned is successful. The RTI team meets about every six weeks to repeat the process of intervention placement. If a student is not making gains, we go through a problem-solving session that could lead to a change in the instruction or a Student Support Team (SST) meeting. The SST meeting is another targeted way of meeting students’ needs. Parents are typically invited to help make the plans at this point. A parent can also initiate an SST for their student, if desired, by calling the school.
The RTI model is circular in nature, going through a cycle of four components: Defining the problem, Analyzing why it is occurring, Implementing a plan of action, and Evaluating for effectiveness. In this way, we can best serve each student as they grow and progress through the year. Data is kept for as long as the students are here.
Although we are not the only school using this model (it is common across the state and across the country), because of our small district, we have a unique position to make the model work really well. Our teachers and staff are fully committed to the RTI process and are invested in taking the time to make sure it benefits all students all year.
A little about Mrs. Michael...
I was born and raised here in Bozeman. I grew up in Four Corners and even went to Monforton School for elementary school! I've taught full-time for five years, most of them in 2nd grade. I recently completed my Master's degree in Mathematics Education. When I'm not teaching, I love to get outdoors and spend time with my husband, Shawn, and my two small dogs, Rascal and Nita. I'm also a volunteer advocate for the American Heart Association, having had the privilege to meet Montana congressmen in Washington DC.