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Questions Parents Should Ask About RTI

Response to Intervention-RTI Interventions

  • Is the school using Response to Intervention (RTI) to provide extra help to struggling students?
  • How does the school determine that all students are receiving high-quality instruction?
  • (If large numbers of students are not making acceptable progress, the instructional program should be examined.)
  • How will the school provide parents with information about the specific RTI process being used?
  • What information about RTI has the school, school district or state provided for parents?
  • Will all parents be notified of their child's screening results?
  • What screening procedures are used to identify students in need of intervention?
  • What are the interventions and instructional programs being used? What research supports their effectiveness?
  • What process is used to determine the intervention that will be provided?
  • Will parents receive information on how to help their child at home?
  • Will students receiving interventions miss important instruction?
  • How will interventions be delivered so the student isn't made to feel different?
  • What length of time is allowed for an intervention before determining if the student is making adequate progress?
  • What progress monitoring is being used? What are the types of data that will be collected and how will student progress be shared with parents?
  • Is a written intervention plan provided to parents as part of the RTI process? At what point?
  • Is the teacher or other person responsible for providing the interventions trained in using them?
  • When and how will information about a student's performance and progress be provided?
  • At what point in the RTI process are students who are suspected of having a learning disability referred for a formal evaluation?
  • How will the information gathered during RTI, such as progress monitoring data, be used to determine the student's need for special education?
  • What is the difference between RTI and special education? Are special education services more helpful than RTI?
  • If my child is already receiving special education services how can RTI help?


From NCLD's A Parent's Guide to Response to Invention (RTI)

Candace Cortiella is Director of The Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities through public policy and other initiatives. The mother of a young adult with learning disabilities, she lives in the Washington, D.C., area.


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