We are finishing up our RtI cycle at my school. Tier II has already been completed and Tier III will finish up this week. Then any absences that need to be made up will happen after that. Unfortunately, I have 2 students that have make ups to complete. Hard to teach them if they aren't there!
I get emails from sweet people asking me about how we run our RtI program. So I thought this would be a good time to go over a few things for RtI.
Universal Screenings: A universal screening is typically an assessment given to all students 2 or 3 times per year to check student progress. Students not making adequate progress are then placed into Tiers II and III.
Our school happens to use the Developmental Reading Assessment 2 for our universal screening for grades K-3. It doesn't take too long to give and has proven to be accurate to us. We were using the DRA for grades 4 &5 but have switched over to the IRI. It is quicker and focuses more on higher level comprehension than on the fluency piece for older readers.
Other sources of universal screenings are:
Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention
As I said, we use the DRA and the IRI. The other sources are what some schools use. I am only including them as resources. I am not endorsing them or saying that they are a good or poor resource. That is something for you and your school to decide. You do need to choose one that works for your school and that all students can take. The choice you make is important as that is what you will be using to identify your at-risk students.
Progress Monitoring: used to assess students' performance and their rate of improvement or how they are responding to the interventions and how effective the instruction may or may not be for the student/students
At my school we use a variety of progress monitoring tools. Some schools use programs like Dibbles, AIMSweb, STAR Reading, etc...
Progress Monitoring should be quick and easy to administer to students. We do them weekly- 4 days of interventions then on the 5th day we assess. Data from these weekly tests are plotted on graphs to visually represent the progress or lack of progress students are making. If the data does not show adequate progress, interventions being given or methods of teaching being used need to be looked at and reflected upon to see what changes should be made. We do not let lack of progress go on for very long before teachers change what they are doing to come at it from another angle to see if that improves the learning. It is all about trying to reach the student in a way that works for them.
Do you have other RtI questions or specific needs? Ask them in the comments and I will either try to answer them in the comments, by email, or in a future RtI post!
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