EMS RtI Protocol
Tier 1 - Universal, Core Instruction:
All students receive the general education core curriculum in the general education classroom with research-based instructional strategies and qualified strategies.
Procedure for Tier 1:
- All students will be screened multiple times a year using district universal screening tools by the classroom teacher (NWEA MAP Growth, Fastbridge).
- Classroom teacher targets a specific skill(s) based on data that shows that the student needs additional support.
- Classroom teacher utilizes scientifically research-based strategies through differentiated instruction.
- Classroom teacher progress monitors as appropriate.
- If progress is being made, then continue to monitor the student in Tier 1 classroom setting providing additional support as needed.
- If progress is not being made, then Tier 2 services may be warranted based on data.
Tier 2 - Supplemental Intervention:
Tier 2 begins when Tier 1 interventions fail and more intense interventions are required. Students receive general educational classroom instruction plus a strategic intervention. In many cases, this will be enough to get a student "back on track." he appropriate level of support for each student is determined by assessment data.
Procedure for Tier 2:
- Grade level teams recommends a student to the RtI leadership team, who reviews the request and data, and makes a decision to move a student to Tier 2.
- Parent Notification letter will be sent if a student is receiving one of the following Tier 2 interventions: math lab, reading lab, choices group.
- The lab or classroom teacher will implement scientifically research-based interventions based on student data to target specific skills.
- RTI Team will progress monitor students in Tier 2 routinely to determine the level of progress.
- If progress is being made, continue to provide Tier 2 intervention services and monitor progress.
- If progress improves, student may be moved back to Tier 1 by making a recommendation to the RtI leadership team.
- If progress is not being made, then Tier 3 services may be warranted based on data.
Tier 2 Services:
- Targeted, in-class interventions beyond the core curriculum as needed.
- Supplemental support provided outside regular class time as needed (math lab, reading lab, choices study hall).
- Regular progress monitoring beyond the universal screener.
- Periodic evaluations of individual student data to determine effectiveness of instructional changes.
Tier 2 Indicators (not an exhaustive list):
- 3 or more office referrals.
- Soft skill ratings of 1 or 2.
- Multiple D’s or F’s in classes.
- Math or reading scores below 40%ile on NWEA MAP Growth test.
- 8 or more lunch bunches per semester.
Tier 3 - Intensive Intervention:
Tier 3 targets only 1-5% of students who are at high risk and require intensive interventions to succeed. Tier 3 students have not been able to close the gap through Tier 2 supports. Tier 3 intensive intervention consists of small group or individual instruction for students with severe difficulties and may include special education supports and community agency involvement.
Procedure for Tier 3:
- Based on student data, Tier 3 services will be implemented.
- Parent Notification letter will be sent when the RtI Team implements Tier 3 services.
- Intervention provider will implement scientifically research-based interventions based on student data to target specific skills.
- Interventions will be provided by a specialist in addition to core instructional time.
- Tier 3-intervention provider will progress monitor students in Tier 3 more frequently.
- If progress is being made, continue to provide Tier 3 intervention services and monitor progress.
- If progress improves, student may be moved back to Tier 2 or 1.
- If progress is not being made, then the RtI team may recommend a case study for special education services.
- A student need not be required to go all the way through Tier 3 before being evaluated if evidence exists to suspect a disability and/or other long-term planning (504 plan, additional Tier 3 cycle).
Tier 3 Highlights:
- Individual or small group intervention (no more than 6 at risk students).
- Frequency and/or time increases.
- 1-5% of students.
- High quality scientifically researched-based instruction.
- Assessment-based decisions.
- Progress monitoring varies, but more continuous.
Steps for Referring a Tier 1 student to the RtI Team:
- The referring classroom teacher identifies the student and the concern based observation and data.
- Teacher refers to the RtI leadership team through grade level RtI meetings.
- The RtI team will review the recommendation, and make a determination of the Tier best to support the students’ needs.
- Each Tier 3 student, and Tier 2 students receiving support because of NWEA MAP Growth scores at or below the 25%ile will be reviewed minimally once per quarter using data collected from interventions provided.
EMS RtI Protocol - Updated 6/11/18