Interactive Dashboard - RTI with Special Education Population Distribution Model

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Response to Intervention (RTI) is a critical education program designed to provide early assistance for elementary and secondary education students who are demonstrating academic learning and/or behavioral difficulties. The typical RTI model configuration illustrates the targeted distribution of the student population at about 80% in Tier 1, 15% in Tier 2, and 5% in Tier 3.

RTI Model


The traditional RTI model does not account for the entire student body. Special Education students are not included. Students who continue to exhibit difficulty beyond Tier 3 interventions are placed into Special Education. Some disabilities require students to be placed directly into Special Education bypassing the RTI process.

RTI student screening occurs at intervals throughout the school year. There may be a small contingent of students that may not have been screened (transfers, not available, etc.) A holistic model includes the 3 RTI tiers as well as Special Education students and those student that were unscreened.

RTI Model with Special Education
and Unscreened Students - Target

 

RTI Model with Special Education
and Unscreened Students - Actual

In all probability, the actual population distribution does not match the target. Understanding population distribution enables better understanding of intervention effectiveness. It also helps to better understand how intervention programs are helping to meet regulatory standards.

The outcomes of key programs like RTI are dictated by the processes that support them and management of key variables within the processes. The variables can be thought of as levers. Increasing or decreasing a lever affects the outcome. Examples of RTI process levers are:

Cut Scores

Fidelity of Implementation

Student Attendance

Parental Involvement


RTI Swimlane Process Diagram with Variables (Levers)



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