Dear Kula Families,
At Kula School, RtI is a school-wide intervention model aimed at providing evidence-based interventions to all students. It involves identifying students who are emerging, at pace, or excelling through a school-wide screening and provides a progress monitoring system for students who require more targeted interventions. Currently, Kula has the following RtI model in place:
Tier 1: All students receive “Tier 1” which is the grade level reading/math curriculum within their classrooms. Those students who are achieving above grade level according to STAR benchmarks will receive stretch learning twice a week in 45 minute increments based on STEM and literacy standards.
Tier 2: Students are divided into groups based on skill level and provided instruction by their homeroom teacher during a 45 minute center time 3-4 days per week. Students continue to be screened quarterly or as needed to check progress.
Tier 3: Students who do not respond to intervention in the small group setting at “Tier 2” will be provided a more intensive intervention at “Tier 3”. This intervention will be targeted to the specific student and will be implemented four (4) days a week for 45 minute increments as a pull out program. Progress toward individual goals will be monitored frequently. Students WILL NOT miss their core subjects in class.
To help us understand the academic strengths and weaknesses of all our students, and to help place the students in appropriate tiers, the Early Star/STAR assessment in reading (K-8) and math (2-8) will be implemented quarterly.
RtI groups are scheduled as follows:
· Grades K-2 have (4) 45 minute blocks of additional reading support, 4 days per week.
· Grades 3-5 have (2) 45 minute blocks of additional reading support, 2 days per week.
· Grades 2-5 have (2) 45 minutes blocks of additional stretch learning, 2 days per week.
You will be notified if your child is asked to participate in “Tier 3” or “Stretch” learning. Groups are flexible, so children can move in and out based on their current performance and behavior.
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/factsheets/rtiprimer.aspx (online RtI resource)
http://www.ncld.org/learning-disability-resources/videos/video-what-is-response-to-intervention-rti (video for parents)