What is Response to Intervention?
    The New York State Education Department defines Response to Intervention as follows:

    RtI is a school process used to determine if a student is responding to classroom instruction and progressing as expected. In an RtI process, a student who is struggling receives additional instructional support provided by matching instruction to a student’s individual needs through a multi-tier instructional model. Each level, also known as a tier, provides instruction with increased intensity - such as smaller groups or instructional time focused on specific areas.

    RtI focuses on the early prevention of academic difficulty, particularly in the areas of reading and math, by ...

    • ensuring appropriate instruction for all students;
    • monitoring students’ progress; and
    • providing additional levels of instructional assistance (intervention) for students who require support.

    To view the New York State Education Department page about RtI, click here.

    To download the New York State Education Department pamphlet about RtI, click here.

    High expectations for teaching and learning: 
    There are three tiers of services involved with Response to Intervention to ensure students are receiving the help they need. The following describes services that can be provided for each tier at both the Elementary School and Middle School/High School levels.

    Tier 1 
    Regular Classroom Practices
    (Services should meet the needs of 85 percent of Owen D. Young students.

    Elementary services:

    • Differentiated Instruction
    • Early Identification in ELA and Math
    • Parent Conferences
    • Home/School Communication

    Tier 2
    Student assistance/team intervention
    (Services should meet the needs of 10 percent of Owen D. Young students.)

    Elementary services: 

    • Response to Intervention Team
    • Parent Contacts
    • Referrals to Related Services (Speech, OT, Counseling, PT)
    • Referral to Outside Agencies (CPS)
    • Intervention Groups

    Tier 3
    CSE Referral
    (Services should meet the needs of 5 percent or less of Owen D. Young students.)

    Elementary services:

    Referral to Committee on Special Education