Response to Intervention

What is Response to Intervention (RtI)?

The New York State Education Department defines Response to Intervention (RtI) as follows:

RtI is a school process used to determine if a student is responding to classroom instruction and progressing as expected. In an RtI process, a student who is struggling receives additional instructional support provided by matching instruction to a student’s individual needs through a multi-tier instructional model. Each level, also known as a tier, provides instruction with increased intensity – such as smaller groups or instructional time focused on specific areas.

RtI focuses on the early prevention of academic difficulty, particularly in the areas of reading and math, by…

  • ensuring appropriate instruction for all students;
  • monitoring students’ progress; and
  • providing additional levels of instructional assistance (intervention) for
  • students who require support.

View and download:
A Parent’s Guide to RtI is available in six languages on the New York State Department of Education’s website. 

High expectations for teaching and learning

There are three tiers of services involved with Response to Intervention to ensure students are receiving the help they need. The following describes services that can be provided for each tier at both the Elementary School and Middle School/High School levels.

Tier 1

Regular Classroom Practices

(Services should meet the needs of 85 percent of Unadilla Valley students.)

Elementary services

  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Early Identification in ELA and Math
  • Parent Conferences
  • Home/School Communication
  • Agendas, Back to School Night, Learn to Earn
  • Monthly Counselor Visits (Guidance Program)
  • Classroom Behavior Management Plan
  • Character Management Plans:
    • Have you Filled a Bucket Today?
    • Kelso’s Conflict Resolution

Middle School/High School services

  • Quality Teaching, Support and Intervention
    • High and Continuous Expectations for Learning
    • Differentiating Instruction
    • Student Conferencing
    • Parent Contacts
    • Tutoring Sessions Provided During Available Time
    • Study Lab Mentoring Initiative (to include Organizational/Study Skills)
  • Transition from Middle School
    • Freshman Information Night (June)
    • Ninth-Grade Orientation (August)
    • Early Identification in ELA/Math
    • Guided Study Hall for Ninth-Graders
    • Clubs and Organization Recruitment Letter
  • Transition from Elementary School
    • Elementary Student Visits to Middle School
    • Early Identification of Students in Core Areas
    • Collaboration Among Elementary and Middle School Teachers

Tier 2

Student assistance/team intervention

(Services should meet the needs of 10 percent of Unadilla Valley students.)

Elementary services

  • Response to Intervention Team
  • Parent Contacts
  • Referrals to Related Services (Speech, OT, Counseling, PT)
  • Referral to Outside Agencies (CPS)
  • Intervention Groups

Middle School/High School services

  • Student Conferencing
  • School Day Management
  • Support Groups
  • Child Study Process
  • RTI Lists
  • IST Referral
  • Extended Day/Year Program
  • Parent/Student Contract
  • Guidance Counselors/Adm. Collaborate
  • Teachers
  • Student Conferencing
  • Parent Contacts, Tutoring
  • Guided Study During Lunch Period
  • Change in Academic Placement

Tier 3

CSE Referral

(Services should meet the needs of 5 percent or less of Unadilla Valley students.)

Elementary services

  • Referral to Committee on Special Education

Middle School/High School services

  • Referral to Committee on Special Education