Response to Intervention (RTI) was never meant to take the place of any specific curriculum or program. RTI was promoted to assist in providing students increasingly intensive education intervention instruction on basic foundational skills to help struggling students with difficulty in core subjects due to limited skills. RTI depends on systematic measure of student’s progress through data.
The Comprehensive Student Support System's Response to Intervention (RTI) outlines a model of support that can help students achieve learning goals and perform at their highest potential. In Solomon's commitment to helping all students succeed, we have put into place a universal screener (STAR Reading and STAR Early Literature) to identify students performance levels on basic skills.
RTI is a general education initiative that is intended for ALL students. There are three levels of Tiers of RTI that is represented as a pyramid.
All students in grades second to fifth are tested with STAR Reading. Which provides data on reading fluency, decoding skills, vocabulary, comprehension skills and instructional reading level.. The STAR Early Literature assessment is given to students in kindergarten to first grade. It also provides data on fluency, phonological awareness, word recognition, and vocabulary. All students are assessed in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. The data gathered is used by the teachers to plan interventions for their students. Currently those students with the most needs, Tier 3, are receiving direct instructional services from Part Time Teachers (PTT) 4 times a week for 30 minutes. Students in Tier 2 and Tier 1 also receive RTI services from their homeroom teachers during the same block of time.
In addition Solomon Elementary has introduced the Lexia Reading CORE5, an on-line reading program. Lexia Reading Core5 is used with our Tier 3 students for supplemental intervention instruction. After initial assessment by Lexia, each student using the program is provided with skill lessons that focuses on the student's area of need. PTTs provide individual one to one opportunities during RTI session to have student read passage aloud and do more direct instruction on specific skills that require one to one instruction. Parents may access this program at home to work with their child, see your child's teachers for details on how to do this.
Every effort at Solomon Elementary is being taken to provide your child with the best learning experience possible. With your help we will be able to do just that.Remember to read with your child daily, to discuss interesting subject that you can both explore in written form, and encourage your child to seek help when needed. Together we can all make a difference in a child life.