Response to Intervention (RtI)
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a general education initiative which requires collaborative efforts from
all district staff, general educators, special educators and bilingual/ELL staff. In a quality educational
environment student academic and behavioral needs must be identified and monitored continuously with
documented student performance data used to make instructional decisions.
In addition, it is "the practice of providing 1) high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student
needs and 2) using learning rate over time and level of performance to 3) make important educational decisions"
(Batsche, et al., 2005). This means using differentiated instructional strategies for all learners, providing
all learners with scientific, research-based interventions, continuously measuring student performance using
scientifically research-based progress monitoring instruments for all learners and making educational decisions
based on a student's response to interventions.
RtI has three essential components: 1) using a three tier model of school supports, 2) utilizing a problem-solving
method for decision-making, and 3) having an integrated data system that informs instruction.
For more information on the initiative in Illinois, you can peruse the documents available at the ISBE website:
Click here for Response to Intervention Documents