Response to Intervention

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Response to Intervention (RTI) PaperProfessor The Why behind RTI Reponses to Intervention (RTI) is an application of learning or behavioral intervention and measurement of students’ responses to such interventions. This process utilizes a three-tier hierarchy system to help struggling students learn at higher levels. In tier 1, schools would have access to rigorous, grade-level curriculum and highly effective teaching. In tier 2, schools use ongoing formative assessment to identify students in need of additional support, as well as target the student’s specific need. In tier 3, schools guarantees that all students in need of intensive support would receive this help in addition to core instruction and not in place of it. The authors believe Response to Intervention (RTI) is “our best hope for giving every student the additional time and support needed to learn at high levels” (Burns, Appleton, & Stehouwer, 2005). However, the article reference misconceptions the school and teachers have concerning the implementation of RTI and how RTI will benefits the students versus creating extra work. Therefore, the schools “are implementing RTI from a compliance perspective, doing just enough to meet mandates and stay legal. For some schools, their efforts are driven by a desire to raise test scores” (Buffum, Mattos & Weber, 2010). However, schools are not looking at RTI as a general education initiative, but as a pathway to special education. Thus, “the core mission of every school should provide every student with the skills and knowledge needed for self-sufficiency and to lead a successful life” (Buffum, Mattos & Weber, 2010). Lastly, ask yourself what is the fundamental purpose of the school? What knowledge and skills do our kids need to be successful adults? What must we do to ensure all students learn? We
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