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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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6.1 Response to Intervention (RTI)

  • A schoolwide process that provides systematic, research-based instruction and a continuum of intervention tiers to struggling learners
  • A single, integrated system of instruction and intervention aimed at improving educational outcomes for all students and guided by data on student outcomes from frequent progress-monitoring measures
  • The practice of providing high-quality instruction and research-based interventions matched to students’ needs, using individual students’ response to those interventions to make a range of educational decisions—including some that are part of the process of determining whether a student qualifies for special education under the specific learning disabilities category
  • An approach intended to eliminate a wait-to-fail situation before struggling students are provided the help they need to succeed in school
  • Included in federal special education law, IDEA 2004, as part of the effort to direct schools to address students’ problems earlier, before a referral to special education is needed
  • A process intended to enable more students to have their needs adequately met in general education, which would in turn reduce the number of students requiring special education
  • A framework for structuring early intervening services (EIS) under IDEA 2004 and offers an alternative to the traditional discrepancy model between IQ and achievement as a means of identifying students with learning disabilities who qualify for special education ...

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