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Response to Intervention

aimsweb is a pioneer system for Response to Intervention (RTI) implementations that is widely used across the United States and Canada. The aimsweb system is perfectly suited to manage RTI programs through a tiered assessment and instruction framework — allowing educators to screen all students using valid and reliable assessments, monitor the effects of their interventions, and make important data-driven decisions. Best of all, aimsweb is backed by Pearson, the world’s largest education company and provider of RTI tools and resources.

The goal of RTI is simple: ensuring every student succeeds. After the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004, the process for determining special education service eligibility has evolved. Although RTI has its roots in special education, it is first and foremost an initiative to be used with all students in the general education classroom — to identify students early before a child fails or a referral to special education services is warranted.

The National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) provides the following definition:

Response to Intervention integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems. 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.

There are typically three levels of intensity in a tiered assessment or Response to Intervention framework:

  • TIER 1: Universally screen all students for early identification, conduct general education progress monitoring
  • TIER 2: Monitor at-risk students more frequently to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional changes
  • TIER 3: Write individualized annual goals, conduct intensive progress monitoring, and document the effectiveness of interventions for those who need intensive instructional services.

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