About Response to Instruction
The goal of RTI is to increase the effectiveness of instruction so students achieve or exceed Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Through the use of RTI, you can be better prepared to work toward the district's mission of educating all students for success in life. RTI provides a system for all students to receive instruction based on their needs, whether it's those needing intervention, students who are right on track or those who require accelerated instruction.
What this means to parents
Parents and guardians will receive more frequent information on their child's academic progress and instruction. This easy-to-understand information also will provide them with specific details about what they can work on with their children at home.
What this means to students
For reading and math, students will be able to see which areas they are strong in and which areas could use more work. They'll feel and be more successful because teachers will receive better information on their performance while class lessons and instruction will be matched to their needs.
What this means to employees
As an educator, this means you will have valuable information about student performance in a timely manner. You will have common information on students' reading and math skills both within your school and across the district. This will prove beneficial, given that one in four of ASD's students is transient. Additionally, school structures and resources will support educators in providing high quality core instruction, intervention and enrichment that is matched to student needs.
How it works
RTI follows a simple plan of continuous instruction, screening, intervention and monitoring.
- Tier 1 core instruction - All students receive high-quality literacy and math instruction. The lessons are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and students are engaged in learning using research-based and culturally responsive strategies.
- Universal screening - K-8 students' reading and math skills are assessed three times each year. Universal screening helps educators identify the learning needs of all students and guide core instruction.
The district is using AIMSweb for universal screening. This assessment tool targets critical skills that are indicators of academic health, much like a doctor taking a person's temperature as an indicator of physical health. It's administered individually or as a group, depending on the measure, and takes about five-10 minutes per child.
- Tier 2 & 3 interventions - Instructional interventions are used in addition to, or in place of, core instruction. The interventions are based on the needs of the students, as determined by multiple forms of data including universal screening.
- Progress monitoring - Brief measures of basic reading and math skills. The monitoring measures the effects of interventions for at-risk students. Progress monitoring may occur up to four times per month, based on student need. AIMSweb is the primary tool used for intervention progress monitoring of students in elementary school. Intervention program assessments will be used to monitor growth at middle and high school.
RTI at ASD
In 2006, an ASD committee designed a framework to integrate curriculum, instruction and assessment. The Anchorage School Board approved funds to implement RTI and purchase screening and assessment tools in 2011. The district RTI Implementation Team works with schools on implementation and professional development for continuous improvement of the RTI system in all ASD schools and programs.