Response to Intervention (RTI) in Florida

Instructor: Fola Rae
In Florida, the Response to Intervention (RTI) programs are created to give students support to help them fill in any gaps they may have that prevent them from learning well. Read on to learn more about how students are grouped and what resources you can review.

Response to Intervention (RTI) in Florida

Florida schools take steps to identify children in their classrooms who need extra help in subject areas where they are not doing well and in areas where their behavior could affect them socially and academically. There is a model for this called the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) which includes guidelines for levels of intervention that can be used depending on the student's specific needs that the teachers and parents have identified. The model includes the four following actions:

  • Pinpointing the area where the student needs to improve
  • Taking a close look at the areas where intervention is required to determine what caused the need
  • Creating a plan to address the need and including what actions will be taken
  • Trying out the first intervention level to see if there is improvement

Levels of Intervention

There are three levels that the teachers can use to determine what kind of help students may need and they are separated by how long it will take to provide the help. Students who don't improve very much after being placed at the first level of help are moved to the second level so that the teachers can try harder or target the services more toward the student's weak areas. Similarly, the third level where teachers can intervene in the student's learning process provides more help than the other two in a final attempt to solve the problems that could be hindering the student's ability to perform adequately.

These levels are commonly known as tiers and teachers do the following things for each intervention tier:

  • Tier 1 - Teachers work with all students for a set amount of time each day in a specific subject area like mathematics or English and they expect to see an improvement in performance.
  • Tier 2 - Evidence-based interventions are developed for students who need additional instruction in a subject area. Group instruction is typically used at this level and it may be conducted by general education or supplemental teachers.
  • Tier 3 - Teachers pay close attention to the methods students use to learn and determine what areas pose the greatest challenges to learning. At this level, students are instructed individually or in small groups for the greatest number of minutes offered at the institution.

Areas Where Intervention May be Necessary

The areas where students need help typically apply to difficulties with completing mathematics schoolwork and problems with English language skills like completing writing assignments using the proper words and presentation formats. Some students also have a hard time with getting along with classmates and listening to their teachers. In these cases, the professional staff at the school can make a note of what can help the students and they can set up meetings with their parents to get them assigned to an intervention level.

RTI Resources

Study com's resources include video lessons and quizzes to give you the chance to test how well you're taking in the material as you go along. The lesson called What is Response to Intervention (RTI)? - Tiers and Strategies will give you information on the different levels of intervention, and the Teaching Special Education chapter includes lessons about RTI strategies for math and reading as well as interventions at different tiers.

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