Response to Intervention
How can Curriculum Mapper and StandardsScore™ support Response to Intervention (RTI)?
In 2004, Congress made many changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and Response to Intervention (RTI) was a big one. Resources could be shifted from an old and ineffectual “discrepancy model” of identifying and serving children with learning problems, placing those resources into Response to Intervention (RTI). More children can be served under a Response to Intervention (RTI) model than under the old discrepancy model. Many perceived Response to Intervention (RTI) as a good change for a system that was failing to educate so many struggling children. The premise of Response to Intervention (RTI) is a good one: by providing high quality instruction and regularly keeping track of how children are doing in the classroom, Response to Intervention (RTI) helps all children succeed and achieve high standards.
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a general education approach that aligns resources from general, remedial and special education through a multi-tiered service delivery model. Since the Response to Intervention (RTI) model can be applied in all academic areas and behavior, Response to Intervention (RTI) can be an effective pathway to exemplary status under NCLB.
Response to Intervention (RTI) maintains three tiers for resource delivery models:
Curriculum Mapper and StandardsScore™ provide Response to Intervention (RTI) data to staff to help determine if:
Decisions about Response to Intervention (RTI) and additional instruction cannot be made if no determination is able to be made about the core curriculum and instruction that students have received. Once students have been identified as needing additional supplemental instruction, (Tier 2 on the RTI diagram) teachers need to determine what each instructor will be teaching. Time is a school’s most precious resource, and Response to Intervention (RTI) works best when there are no gaps and redundancies within the curriculum. Curriculum Mapper facilitates Response to Intervention (RTI) by allowing co-instructors to talk factually about what instruction has occurred for students, therefore supporting ongoing discussion of what additional instruction needs to take place.
If trends or patterns of academic deficiencies are noted through the refinement process, administrators and staff can study resources, scientifically-based instructional practices, etc., that will allow them to use Response to Intervention (RTI) to achieve academic success for all students. The Response to Intervention (RTI) process is facilitated through collaborative discussions using data that can be mined from Curriculum Mapper and StandardsScore™.
Examining patterns and trends allows administrators to determine if the core curriculum needs adjustment and what resources and professional development needs are warranted in order to effectively implement Response to Intervention (RTI). Administrators can use this data to determine the scope of the problem or situation, dealing with questions such as, “Is this a problem in all of kindergarten, one classroom, or a small group of students? Do all of my teachers need training in this area? Do we need all new or different resources?” This allows material and time resources needed for Response to Intervention (RTI) to be planned for and spent more effectively.
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