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Sanger Unified

Response To Intervention (RTI)

Response to Intervention, or RTI, is a strategy for early intervention within the general education system and one part of the process for identifying children as eligible to receive special education and related services. Early intervention is not limited to young children; intervention is “early” when it begins as soon as a learning problem is observed. RTI is an effective strategy to ensure that students get needed assistance in learning as soon as they demonstrate a need. There is no single accepted definition for RTI, but the National Center on RTI has provided a descriptive summary:

With RTI, schools identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities. (NCRTI, 2010)


The essential components for RTI are:

  • Screening and Identification
  • Multi-tiered Interventions
  • Increasing Intensity of Intervention
  • Evidence-based intervention
  • Monitoring Student Progress
  • Informed or Data Based Decisions