What is Response to Intervention?
Response to Intervention is an outgrowth of changes in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. Rules and regulations have varied from state to state and level to level. Previously, children who struggled academically in school had to:
- Fit the qualifications of a legislated category (special education, 504, English Language Learners) to ensure there was funding for extra services;
-Fall significantly before being served
Response to Intervention’s goal is to meet the needs of all students. Response to Intervention is an individual, comprehensive, student-centered problem-solving process that is implemented in the general education/core curriculum (Tier 1) classroom. Educators employ research/evidence-based interventions (instruction) in their efforts to increase student achievement. Response to Intervention then uses systematic monitoring of student progress to track student success and make informed decisions regarding instruction. A student’s lack of response to regular education interventions becomes the determinant of need for additional, more intense interventions.