What is RTIi?

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Dear Parents,

As we continue building our RTIi system at the elementary school, we will begin data-driven, skills-focused interventions in the second semester.  It is important to keep you informed about this process, and about RTIi in general.

 What is RTIi?

Response to Instruction & Intervention (RTIi) is a system to provide educational support to all students based on individual needs. The goal is to intervene early when students struggle so that they can be successful in school.  Through this system we can:

Identify children needing additional help in reading and provide that help to prevent the development of serious learning challenges.

Identify children who, even when they get extra help, make very limited progress, and continue to investigate ways to support those children’s needs.


What is Intervention?

In the Yamhill Carlton School District, we review students' progress every fall, winter, and spring. We carefully track students' achievement in reading.  Our team uses academic, behavior, and attendance data to determine which students are doing well in classroom instruction, which students may need supplemental instruction, and which students may need more intensive instruction.  This extra instruction is provided during our Intervention Time.  Each grade-level has an intervention block of 30 minutes per day to support students.

The progress of students receiving small group intervention instruction is monitored every two to four weeks to determine if their intervention needs to be changed or if they have made enough growth to exit from the intervention.

The first step is to provide a student with small group interventions.  If, after a period of small group interventions, there is still concern, we will plan a more intensive intervention for your child.  You are invited to participate in this process.

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Parent Participation

Parents are essential to children's success in school.  When a child needs supplemental instruction, we will describe that instruction to you.  We will also ask you to tell us about anything you think might affect your child's learning.  For example, it is important for us to know if a child has missed a lot of school, experienced a trauma, or is having problems with friends at school.  These types of problems may affect a student's progress, and if we know about them we can design an intervention more effectively.

Parents frequently partner with the school to provide extra practice to develop skills.  To provide extra support at home, you can work with the classroom teacher to make yourself part of your child's program.

When Children Continue to have Difficulty

The school will tell you whether your child begins to make sufficient progress or if your child has continued difficulty.  If your child has received several interventions, and progress is still limited, you may be asked to give your consent for additional evaluations.  The purpose of such an evaluation is to determine what your child's education needs are, and to consider whether he or she might have a learning disability.

If you have any questions, please feel free to either contact your child’s teacher or Principal, for support and clarification.  Working together, we can do great things to help all our students achieve.