Basic Skills Instruction

What is Response to Intervention RTI?

Response to Intervention is supplemental instruction in either Language Arts Literacy and/or Mathematics. Instruction and support are provided in the basic concepts and skills that students need in order to be successful in meeting grade level expectations.

Why is my student being identified for RTI?

Students are identified for inclusion into RTI using multiple measures. These measures include scores on district benchmarks, teacher recommendations, standardized test scores, report cards and classroom performance.

Why did I receive a RTI letter?

Once students are identified for inclusion into the program, parents are notified. This process ensures that families are made aware of the additional remedial services being provided by the school.

What if I choose not to have my child enrolled in RTI?

If you do not want your child supported through RTI programming, you need to contact the Director of Curriculum, Dr. McCarron, in writing, to state your refusal to have your child receive remedial services. If you change your mind, you can request that your child be included in the program if space is available.

What is the schedule for RTI?

Students may be enrolled in RTI for Language Arts Literacy and/or Math.  Depending on the academic area, RTI services can be delivered in various settings, from in-class support with their current classroom teacher, to small group instruction with a RTI teacher in a pull-out model. Student enrollment and need determines the frequency and duration of instruction, with students in greatest need receiving most frequent and intense intervention. Support varies from 1-5 times per week for one period.

When does RTI begin?

RTI begins once students have been identified and teacher schedules are finalized,
typically by the end of September.

Will my child miss classwork?

The RTI teacher and classroom teachers collaborate to find a schedule that works best for the students. The classroom teachers will determine the best way to address any missed classwork.

Do the RTI and classroom teacher communicate?

Yes. The RTI teacher and the classroom teacher are in contact often.  They continuously discuss student needs, classroom successes, and areas for improvement.

How will I know how my child is doing?

Progress reports will be sent home twice a year to update families on a student's progress in RTI. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year, you can contact the Response to Intervention Instructor to schedule a conference.

How long does RTI last? Will it continue when the year ends?

The RTI teams meet periodically throughout the year to address student progress and determine services. During this time, applicable data is reviewed to determine if students can be exited from the program, or are in need of a different level of support than they are currently receiving. This process is continual, with students entering and exiting the program when data indicates there is a need, or the intervention has been successful.
Services can continue from year to year.

What can I do at home to help my child with reading?

 The very best way to support your child is to encourage them to read! There is a strong correlation between fostering a love for literacy and academic success in reading. Visit the library regularly, model reading for enjoyment at home, and talk to your child about the books they are reading. Most importantly, read to them and with them! Even older children benefit from listening to reading at home, and talking about the books they are reading.
Twenty to thirty minutes a day is recommended!

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Helpful ELA Practice Sites:

                 IXL (teacher will provide login information)
Phonics Practice Activities
ABC Phonics
Story Online

What can I do at home to help my child with math?

It is essential that students master their basic facts so they become automatic. This means they know the answer quickly without needing counters or fingers.  Addition and subtraction are stressed in 1st 2nd and 3rd grades.   Multiplication begins in 2nd grade and is continued in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Division begins in 3rd grade and is continued in 4th and 5th grade


 Helpful Math Practice Sites:

Reflex Math
(Teacher will provide log in information)