Response To Intervention (Rti) Tier Ii & Iii Students

1699 words - 7 pages

What specific intervention can the librarian use to improve reading and math skills of identified RTI (Response to Intervention) Tier II & III students?

Background
Mills Elementary is a Pk-5th grade elementary school and around 98% of the school is economically disadvantaged students. The school is made up of 52% Hispanics, 47% African American, and 1% White students. Tier II and III of the academic section of RTI is about 73% of students. The main concern about the RTI program is the high number of students on Tier II and III. The RTI program will allow in-depth tutoring for students in the two Tiers. The curriculum used at the school is Journeys for reading and math is Texas Mathematics by: McGraw Hill. The program will test monthly on the progression of the students reading and math by doing a reading and math mini-test. The school will have a cut-off point for both subjects to determine if the students are learning, if the test scores fall under the cut-off number, then students will come to tutoring before, during, and after school.

Mills Elementary has 8% of the students in the Special Education classes. Over the past few months, classroom size has increased and small groups are not pulled because the reading, math, and science coach are busy pulling students to learn how to pass the STAAR test. Students on Tier II and III are not being pulled consistently because of the high number of students in each Tier group. The librarian has a flexible schedule that allows for additional tutoring throughout the day.

RTi falls under the nation’s special education law. The RTI program helps school aged students that are struggling with academics or behavior, due to poor curriculum or instruction at one time in the student previous learning. The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) does a great job showing the step to take to using the RTI program. The grade that is in need of additional help is the 5th grade classes.

Research Questions
Several research questions need to be answered in order to help the faculty to bring down the Tier II and III student number.

Main research question:
What specific intervention can the librarian use to improve reading and math skills of identified RTI (Response to Intervention) Tier II & III students?

Subsidiary questions:
1. How can RTI (Response to Intervention) documentation help struggling students become successful?
2. What interventions are needed to build reading skills in Tier II and III students?
3. What types of reading materials (curriculum) should be used to increase reading and math skills?
4. Is there a particular intervention reading and math program for Tier II and III students?
5. What core subject areas do the teacher and librarian needs to focus on with each group of students?
Literature Review
RTI involves not only a student’s academics but sometimes finds that a student might have a learning disability. Jiménez (2010), shares,...

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