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RTI and I&RS

Response to Intervention (RTI)

The Kinnelon School District utilizes a multi-tier approach to efficiently differentiate instruction for all students.  Response to Intervention (RTI), is a data- driven, systematic approach to instruction that uses three tiers of research-based strategies and interventions to optimize student growth.  

The model incorporates increasing intensities of instruction offering specific, research-based interventions matched to student needs who demonstrate needs in the following areas; i.e. academic, behavioral, social, and/or emotion. In RTI, a student who is struggling will receive additional instructional support by matching instruction to a student's individual needs. RTI focuses on the early prevention of academic difficulty, particularly in the areas of reading and math, by ensuring appropriate instruction, data collection, and monitoring of students' progress. 

Tiers of Support

Tiers are flexible in nature. If a student does not respond to interventions at one tier, they can be moved to a different tier with more targeted support. Likewise, students who demonstrate improvement may be gradually transitioned to less intensive interventions or returned to universal supports within the general education setting.

Types of Tiers

Examples of Tiered Interventions

RTI Process


  1. Upon recognition of area of focus, teacher will initiate Tier 1 Interventions within the classroom.  Parent(s) will be notified. Interventions will be documented and tracked for 6 weeks.

  2. At the end of 6 weeks, teacher will determine whether the interventions have been successful or not.  If yes, continue with classroom based interventions as appropriate.  If interventions have not been proven to be successful, then the teacher will initiate a request for an I&RS Meeting in order to develop an Action Plan, outlining the assignment of Tier 2 Interventions.

  3. The I&RS Meeting will include: the referring teacher, building administrator, nurse, child study team, guidance, parent(s).  During the meeting, the student's presenting issue will be discussed, classroom interventions implemented, data collection, attendance, etc. During the I&RS meeting, an Action Plan will be created to include the Tier 2 or Tier 3 Interventions that will be implemented as well as goals for the student to achieve. 

  4. Follow up on all RTI cases will be conducted every 6 weeks to determine if students require more intensive or less intensive interventions within the tiered system.