• Response to Intervention


    rti logo Ms. Audrey Harris
    Director of Intervention
    Richland School District One

    Contact Information:
    Phone: 803-231-6934
    Email: aharris@richlandone.org

    Ms. Tara Watts
    Richland School District One

    Contact Information:
    Phone: 803-231-6828
    Email: tawatts@richlandone.org


    What Is RTI?

    The four main components of RTI include universal screening, intervention, progress monitoring, and intervention efficacy and fidelity.

    Universal Screening refers to assessments administered to all students. Examples of universal screenings include Dominie Writing and Reading Assessment in Kindergarten through second grades, and MAP testing in grades 3 through 10. Universal screening usually occurs three times a year: beginning of the year, middle of the year, and end of the year. These screenings identify students who are not making adequate progress and require additional support or intervention.

    Intervention in the Response to Intervention model occurs in a tiered process using research based academic or behavorial interventions. Intervention begins in the classroom where teachers provide effective core instruction. In RtI this is referred to as Tier I. It is important this level for teachers to use research based best practices and instructional programs are implemented as they are intended. Support for the core instruction is found in the South Carolina Curriculum Standard Support Documents and the district instructional frameworks.

    Progress Monitoring is a scientifically based practice to continuously measure student performance growth and provide objective data to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction and interventions.

    Intervention Efficacy and Fidelity determines the successful implementation of Response to Intervention. RtI involves team work and sharing the belief that students can learn. Interventions are selected carefully so they reliably address targeted deficiencies. Fidelity refers to whether an intervention is implemented according to how it was designed.

    Read more in detail about the RTI framework by visiting our "RTI Illustrated" page...

    RTI Is:

    • A general education initiative that has evolved from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and IDEA 2004 legislature. 
    • Focused primarily on effective instruction to enhance student achievement. 
    • Provides proactive prevention and intervention activities. 
    • Intended to help students meet proficiency standards without special education services. 
    • A collaborative school-wide approach in which everyone is invested in helping all students. 
    • Utilizes data to monitor student progress.


    RTI Is Not:

    • A pre-referral process to identify more students to receive special education services.
    • A stand-alone special education initiative.
    • Implemented in isolation by individuals.
    • A new program.