Florida Problem Solving and Response to Instruction/Intervention Information for Parents – 2009 Ensuring a Strong Start, Promoting a Bright Future WHAT IS RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION? RtI Includes: Parents want to see their child excel, and it can be very frustrating if a 1. High quality, research-based child falls behind in reading, math, writing, or other subjects, or if the child instructional and behavior supports in general education has difﬁculty getting along with others or making appropriate choices. 2. School-wide screening to Response to Intervention (RtI) is a process that provides intervention and determine which students need educational support to all students at increasing levels of intensity based closer monitoring or additional on their individual needs. The goal is to prevent problems and intervene interventions early so that students can be successful. 3. Multiple tiers of increasingly Visit http://www.ﬂorida-rti.org/ for more information. intense, research-based interventions matched to the What can I expect with RtI? needs of student(s) • You will be informed and involved in planning and providing interventions for 4. Use of collaborative problem your child. solving to develop, implement, • You will see levels of support (academic and behavioral) that increase or and monitor interventions decrease in intensity depending on your child’s needs. • You will receive frequent progress monitoring about how your child responds 5. Continuous monitoring of student progress to determine if to the intervention provided. instruction/interventions are effective in meeting the needs of WHAT DOES RTI LOOK LIKE? student(s) 6. Follow-up to ensure that the The RtI process has three tiers that build upon one other. Each tier provides more instruction/interventions were intensive levels of support: implemented as planned 7. Active parent involvement • Tier I includes high quality instruction. The school provides all students with throughout the process of access to high quality curriculum, instruction, and behavior supports in the pursuing solutions that lead to general education classroom. increased success • Tier II includes additional targeted, supplemental instruction/interventions. The school provides interventions to small groups of students who need more 8. Evaluation timeline requirements are followed unless both the support than they are receiving through Tier I. parents and the school team • Tier III includes intensive interventions. The school develops and implements agree to a time extension to interventions to meet the individual needs of students. learn more about what works for the student Your child’s progress is monitored and results are used to make decisions about Adapted from the National Joint additional instruction and intervention. Committee on Learning Disabilities Florida Problem Solving and Response to Instruction/Intervention Information for Parents – 2009 HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED IN RTI? WHAT DO I DO IF I BELIEVE Parents play a critical role in supporting what their MY CHILD IS STRUGGLING? children are learning in school. The more parents are involved in student learning, the higher the student • Talk with your child’s teacher. achievement. Ask questions to learn more about this • Review and assist with homework assignments. process: • Ask for regular progress monitoring reports. • Is my child successful? If not, what additional instruction/interventions will my child receive? • Celebrate your child’s successes. • What types of programs are used in my child’s • Learn more about the curriculum, assessments, classroom (e.g., instructional programs, intervention and interventions being used in your child’s school. supports)? • Participate in conferences and other meetings • How will additional assistance be provided? By whom? about your child. How often? For how long? • Make a list of speciﬁc questions to ask during • How will I know if my child is making progress? How conferences (e.g., What is working? or What will I know if my child is making sufﬁcient progress? additional supports may be needed?). • What will the school do if my child is not improving? • What can I do to help my child? For further information contact your School Principal Ask your child’s teacher for more information about how or your District School Board Ofﬁce. you can be involved in the RtI process. Contact information can be accessed at: http://www.ﬂdoe.org/schools/schoolmap/ﬂash/ district_list.asp Florida Department of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith, Commissioner This brochure is provided by the Florida Department of Education in collaboration with Bureau of Family and Community Outreach, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Pasco County School District, and Florida’s Positive Behavior Support Project.
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