How to save time and money through screening

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There is a widespread framework for intervention, sometimes known as Response to Intervention (RTI), which proposes that students can receive help at three different levels of intensity:

Tier 1 – good quality classroom instruction and school structures that encourage learning.

Tier 2 – small group instruction to address needs that a few students have in common.

Tier 3 – intensive one-to-one instruction for students where Tier 2 is not effective.

Sometimes people are critical of this model as it is deemed an ineffective intervention, but this betrays a confusion: RTI is not strictly an intervention, it is model for delivering interventions – more specifically, for deciding how to allocate resources, so that those who need the most get the most.

Recently I came across this short but useful practice brief on RTI implementation via the Institute for Evidence in Education. It is recommended reading for school leaders who are responsible…

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