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Response to Intervention (RTI)

Crandall ISD uses the Response to Intervention (RTI) Model set forth by the U.S. Department of Education's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and IDEA to support struggling students. RtI includes three-tiered instructional approach, with each level of support increasing in intensity. Teachers work together in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to identify areas of student concern. Then campus intervention teams identify research-based interventions that are proven effective. These teams make collaborative educational decisions concerning these students in need of academic or behavior interventions. Progress monitoring is also part of this process. Should data reveal that these interventions prove ineffective in meeting the individual needs of the student over an appropriate period of time, and a disability is suspected, then the RTI Team may consider a 504 or Special Education referral.

The framework of the three-tiered instructional approach of Response to Intervention (RtI) is summarized below.    

  • Tier I – Teachers use various teaching strategies within the core curriculum to address all students’ educational needs.
  • Tier II – Based on progress data, students who are not showing growth with just Tier 1 instruction receive supplemental researched based interventions to meet their individual needs. The campus RtI team will work with the students’ teacher to develop an instruction plan, track the student’s progress and provide ongoing progress data to parents.
  • Tier III – Students who continue to struggle in Tier II will receive increased academic supports at this level. Tier III offers intensive intervention, additional time of instruction and review for possible further evaluation or data collection.

A parent may request an evaluation through Section 504 or Special Education at any time through the RtI process. For additional information regarding a request for evaluation, please refer to Aiding Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education or Section 504 Services (English) (Spanish) except from the TEA Student Handbook.

Additional Parent information explaining the RtI Process;