The Problem Solving/Response to Instruction & Intervention (PS/RtI) model is a three-tiered approach to providing quality instruction to meet the individual academic and behavioral needs of all students. PS/RtI involves the use of data-based decision making to evaluate and modify instruction and implement scientifically-based interventions. Students are able to move in and out of the individual tiers based on how well they respond to instruction and intervention(s).
The essential components of RtI include
- Multiple tiers of evidence-based instruction service delivery
- A problem-solving method designed to inform the development of interventions
- An integrated data collection/assessment system to inform decisions at each tier of service delivery
~Florida Problem Solving & Response to Intervention, 2008
PS/RtI is not a specific program, rather it is a framework that guides decision making at the school, grade, classroom, and student level to ensure effective instruction for all students. The problem-solving process is followed to identify students in need of additional supports and intervention in order to meet statewide expectations and benchmarks for both academics and behavior.
The pyramid at the left depicts different levels of services and supports that may be needed for students to meet expectations and benchmarks. All students receive core instruction (the green portion of the triangle), with some students needing supplemental supports in addition to core instruction in order to demonstrate grade-level skills (the yellow portion of the triangle). Fewer students require intense, sustained, and individualized interventions and supports in order to meet benchmarks (the red portion of the triangle), but this increased level of intervention is available to both general education and exceptional education students within every school.
The Hernando County School Board is committed to helping all children achieve grade-level standards for academics and behavior. HCSB has an active District-Based Leadership Team working to build district capacity for successful implementation of PS/RtI across all 9 elementary, 3 K-8, 4 middle, and 4 high schools over the next 3-5 years.
Initial training and implementation is in process at all elementary and K-8 schools, with middle schools and high schools beginning training in January 2010. Additional information for district implementation of PS/RtI is available in the Response to Intervention Blueprint for HCSB. (coming soon).
Last Updated on Wednesday, January 02 2013 13:58