What Is Response To Intervention (RTI)?
Response To Intervention (RTI) is the most effective and statistically proven way to address the needs of students with learning disabilities. It is a preventative approach as opposed to a reactive approach. The preventative approach detects the learning disability much earlier in the child’s educational progress and therefore enables the educators to address the needs earlier to ensure a higher degree of success as opposed to allowing the child to continue struggling for several years and then responding to the disability once it has costs the child several years of struggles and failing in school.
RTI is a multi-level approach system consisting of a three level approach.
Level 1: Consists of instruction and intense training
Level 2: Evidenced Based Intervention
Level 3: Individualized Interventions for individual students that show minimal response to level 2.
RTI also consist of universal screening which is designed to detect any student who may be at risk of a learning disability. This is designed to detect the learning disability earlier as opposed to waiting until it causes problems within the school setting.
RTI has been proven to be the most effective measure to ensure the success of a child with learning disabilities than any other method that has ever been used.
LDW and RTI
LDW fully supports RTI due to its proven effectiveness and ability to ensure the success of students who are struggling academically through early identification and intervention. In addition, LDW also maintains a Board of Directors among whose members include the professionals who were responsible for bringing RTI to the United States and therefore have the ultimate expertise in this area of addressing educational needs at our disposal with the members of our Board of Directors.
Additionally, LDW promotes RTI worldwide and has ensured their World Congress held in Zurich, Switzerland in 2011 was focused on Celebrating 10 years of RTI. LDW has also made Celebrating 10 years of RTI a focal theme for their Conference in New York, USA for 2011.
Importance of RTI
The implementation of RTI provides children within school systems a greater chance of succeeding than they have previously had through other methods addressing learning disabilities. In education, RTI is a method of academic intervention used which is designed to provide early, effective assistance to children who are having difficulty learning. Response to intervention was also designed to function as one part of a data-based process of identifying learning disabilities. This method can be used at the group and individual level which provides a greater ability to identify and meet the needs of children earlier and therefore address the needs more effective and efficiently. The RTI method has been developed by proponents as an alternative to identifying learning disabilities through previous models, which require children to exhibit a discrepancy between their ability often measured by Intelligence Quotient (IQ testing) and academic achievement as measured by their grades and standardized testing.
RTI prevents academic failure through early intervention, frequent progress measurement, and increasingly intensive research-based instructional interventions for children who continue to have difficulty. Students who do not show a response to effective interventions are likely (or, more likely than students who respond) to have biologically-based learning disabilities and to be in need of special education. RTI will identify and address these needs earlier and therefore increases the child’s ability to succeed in the future. RTI is the process that identifies learning disabilities and problems within a child earlier in their educational learning and therefore addresses it sooner and enables the child to succeed in the future. RTI is truly the means to ensuring success for all children in every country.
When RTI is implemented with rigor and fidelity:
- All students receive high-quality instruction in their general education setting
- All students are screened for academics and behavior and have their progress monitored to pinpoint specific difficulties
- At-risk students do not have to wait before receiving additional instructional assistance, including special education if needed
- Critical information is provided about the instructional needs of the student, which can be used to create effective educational interventions
- Unnecessary testing that has little or no instructional relevance is limited
- All students receive appropriate instruction, particularly in reading, prior to placement in special education.
A continuing advantage for all students is the opportunity to be identified as "at risk" for learning difficulties early in their education instead of having to fail—sometimes for years—before getting additional services. And, all students have the opportunity to get assistance at the level needed, reducing the number of students referred for special education services.
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