RtI: A Student Perspective

Within an RtI system, instructors follow student assessments with collaboration. Working together, they look at each student individually and as part of the class and grade to determine intervention need.

Intervention may occur at the classroom and grade level if it is determined that the curriculum itself is responsible for unexpected performance. One may want to review curriculum through the Universal Design for Learning lens. Interventions may also be administered on an individual student level if instructors feel a student is below or above assessment benchmarks based on current and past test scores.

Students may experience one of the following, depending on their assessment:

Below benchmarks

If a student has scored below benchmarks in relation to peers and expectations, an intervention will be designed based on student needs, parent/guardian input and teacher recommendations. Additional or varied instruction may be used in order to help the student meet benchmarks. Periodic assessments will then be taken to assess student growth and further need for intervention.

Meeting benchmarks

If a student has met predetermined benchmarks, he or she will continue to experience quality instruction in the classroom and differentiation based on learning style and past academic performance. Participation in regularly scheduled screening processes and assessment continues at regular intervals.

Above benchmarks

If a student has surpassed benchmarks, an academic challenge is designed based on student needs, parent/guardian input and teacher recommendations. This may include additional or varied instruction to further challenge the student to move to the next level.  Assessments continue at regular intervals to assess student growth and the need for further challenges.