The district is excited to announce that Liberty Middle School has been chosen by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Instructional Support as one of ten middle schools in the state of New York to participate in its Middle School Response to Intervention (RtI) Demonstration Project.
But wait, what IS RtI?
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a model used to provide research-based high quality systematic instruction and interventions that address student’s individual needs by measuring the level of progress and performance of students over time. RtI is about general education and represents an educational strategy “to close achievement gaps for all students including at risk-academically and behaviorally, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and academically talented learners preventing smaller learning problems from becoming insurmountable gaps.”
And that’s where a school’s RTI Problem-Solving Team (or ‘RtI Team’) comes in. The RtI team is responsible for assembling customized intervention plans with teachers to help their students who are experiencing achievement difficulties, academically or behaviorally.
Response to Intervention is the practice of providing high-quality instruction/intervention. This instruction begins in the general education classroom and may be provided by a variety of school personnel. The students’ progress is closely monitored to assess their learning rate and level of performance.
The components of RtI are:
- quality, research-based instruction
- at least one screening a year for all students
- instruction matched to student needs
- progress monitoring to assess student progress toward meeting goals
- data driven decision making; and
- parent notification
What does the RtI Demonstration Project mean for Liberty Middle School?
The state has recognized Liberty Middle School as a school that is integrally involved—and has the potential to be linchpins—in planning and implementing RTI initiatives.
As part of the project, members of the middle school’s RtI team will receive continual professional development training and webinars with prominent experts in all things RtI.
Over the course of a three year period, teachers and staff will apply what they have learned and share their progress and help NYSED create a data-driven prevention/intervention framework for all schools across the state to adopt.
What should students and parents expect from the LMS RtI Team?
Participation in the demonstration will likely equip us with valuable tools for assessing our current RtI procedures as well as collecting and analyzing program and student achievement data.
The school will receive training and technical assistance about an additional student support option particularly successful with those who struggle academically despite traditional support and instruction.
The school is excited to share what it learns with its students and parents and looks forward to its journey in ensuring that all students thrive educationally, socially and emotionally.
Who should I contact if I have questions about RtI?
Please reach out to the Assistant Director of Student Services, Patrick Sullivan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (845) 292-5400 ext. 5112.