Response to Intervention (RTI)
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered system of support designed to provide every student with high quality instruction. The emphasis of the RTI process is on prevention and early identification of students in need of academic and/or behavioral support. Academic and behavioral interventions are provided at increasing levels of intensity in accordance with each student’s individual needs. Collaborative, interdisciplinary teams made up of administrators and teachers work together to problem solve and match students to the appropriate instructional and/or behavioral interventions. These teams monitor student progress and frequently review student data to evaluate each student’s response to the interventions provided.
Decatur ISD’s RTI process is composed of three instructional tiers. Tier I is experienced by all students in the general education classroom and is characterized by differentiated core instruction and school-wide behavior management practices. If a student needs academic or behavioral support beyond what is typically provided at Tier I, the student will be referred to the RTI Collaborative Team for placement in Tier II interventions. At RTI Tier II, students receive targeted instructional or behavioral support designed to meet their unique needs and facilitate their success in the general education classroom. Students who do not respond to Tier II interventions may be referred to RTI Tier III where they will experience more intensive interventions.