Parent's Guide to RTI (Response to Intervention)
Parents will often hear about a new concept or intervention strategy being used by schools and may be hesitant to ask. Providing knowledge of new procedures or intervention programs to parents will reduce misconceptions, mistrust, and anxiety. One of the concepts that has gained a great deal of presence in schools in recent months has been RTI (Response to Intervention). RTI is a newly-identified process described in the federal special education law (IDEA 2004) for identifying students with learning disabilities. The RTI process is a multi-tiered approach to providing services and interventions to struggling learners at increasing levels of intensity. RTI can be used for making decisions about general, compensatory, and special education, creating a well-integrated and seamless system of instruction and intervention guided by child outcome data. This Parent Teacher Conference Handout will try to simplify the basic concepts so parents can gain a basic understanding of this important intervention strategy.
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