RTI, or Response to Intervention, is a multi-step approach to providing services and interventions to struggling learners.
There are some federal laws that now direct schools to focus more on helping all children learn by recognizing and addressing problems earlier. These laws include the 2001 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).
Both laws emphasize the importance of quality, scientifically-based instruction and intervention for struggling students and to our view, more importantly, struggling readers.
What Are the Potential Benefits of RTI?
“Perhaps the most commonly cited benefit of an RTI approach is that it eliminates a ‘wait to fail’ situation because students get help promptly within the general education setting.” - Dr. Mary Beth Klontz
Additionally, an RTI approach can help distinguish between students with learning disabilities and those whose problems are due to other challenges, like lack of instruction or various outside pressures.
If your child is involved in an RTI approach, we’d love to hear about progress or challenges.
Source: Mary Beth Klontz, PhD, NCSP and Andrea Canter, PhD, NCSP, National Association of School Psychologists
If your child is struggling with reading and their school isn’t providing the RTI help they need, Reading Horizons develops computer software and manuals that teach struggling readers the stepwise, interactive, phonics-based strategies they need to succeed with reading: