RtII - Response to Instruction and Intervention

  • RtII (Response to Instruction and Intervention) is a multi-step approach to provide early academic and behavioral supports to struggling students rather than waiting for them to fail before offering help.  The name, RtII, refers to a process that emphasizes how well students respond to changes in instruction.  The learning of all students is assessed early and often.  At the middle school, RtII is the framework we use to deliver instructional support.  Multiple interventions are provided to students in reading and mathematics in the general education setting.

    The RtII Program at the middle school level consists of the following services:

    Academic Support
    Academic support is offered to students who need assistance with assignment completion 2-4 days of the 6 day cycle.  Students are given small group instruction and support in skill deficit areas as well as assistance with organization. 

    Reading Support
    Students who are deemed eligible based on MAP, PSSA, CDT, and curriculum based assessments as well as teacher referral, may attend reading support 2 days of the 6 day cycle to receive individualized support in reading areas including comprehension, writing, and vocabulary. 
    Backpack Homework Checks (AM and/or PM)
    Students who are deemed eligible have their backpacks checked in the morning at 7:45am to prepare students for the day or in the afternoon at 2:35pm in an effort to prepare students for homework completion.
    Homework Club
    Homework Club is offered Monday-Thursday after school until 3:45pm.  Students are expected to come prepared to complete their assignments independently or with minimal adult support. 
    Spartan Block Supports
    Students can sign up for (or be recommended for) writing clinic, tutorials, social skills groups, or reader's room.
    Behavioral Programming
    Addressing behavioral needs is an ongoing process at the middle level which requires communication between a student's school and home environment.  Behavior plans may be implemented to address ongoing concerns.