North Duplin Elementary School
NDE is transitioning from MTSS referrals to ABS referrals.
RTI stands for Response to Instruction. It is a method that focuses on interventionsin the regular ed classroom, and universal screenings, progress monitoring, andresearch based instruction are the core components of this process. There are two schools in Duplin Countythat use the RTI approach: North DuplinElementary and Kenansville Elementary.Next year, 2011/12, Duplin County plans to add RoseHill Magnolia Elementary as an RTI school.
RTI is currently used for reading referrals, but soon mathreferrals will be added as well. RTI isbased on a tier approach. AllKindergarten students and new students are given a universal screening calledDIBELS. This is a quick assessment thatpredicts whether a child is at-risk for reading problems. If a child shows up at-risk, the tier processis begun and teachers try a variety of interventions to try and assist thechild so he/she has the chance to grow and catch up to his/her otherpeers. The tier process is explained infurther detail below:
Tier I: A child is identified at-risk and the teachertries research based interventions in order to help the child improve. Progress is monitored by the teacher and datais collected. The teacher meets w/ theRTI team bi-monthly to assess data and determine whether the child needs toprogress to the next tier. If theintervention is working, the teacher along with the team, may choose tocontinue interventions at Tier I. If thechild is no longer at-risk, the team may decide to discontinue the plan.
Tier II: If a child is continuing to show up at-riskand Tier I interventions are not working, the RTI team may decide to move astudent to Tier II. At this tier, theteacher uses Open Courtto track student progress. The teachercollects data weekly and continues to progress monitor the student. The teacher comes before the RTI team on abi-monthly basis and together reviews the data collected from Open Court. If little to no progress has been made, theteam may decide to move the student to Tier III.
Tier III: At Tier III, a child is pulled out of theclassroom for additional interventions.A team of teachers have been trained to use the SRA Reading Program, andstudents go to these teachers for a forty-five minute block to receiveadditional reading instruction. Progressis monitored several times weekly, and classroom teachers are given reportsshowing progress the students have made.The classroom teacher continues to meet with the RTI team to monitorprogress and review data, and the RTI Coordinator becomes actively involvedwith the student. If a student is stillnot making growth through the SRA program, he/she is then referred to Tier IV.
Tier IV: This is the referral process in which REpaperwork is gathered for further evaluation.A social history is done by the social worker, and the school nursegives the student a health evaluation.Once the RE information has been gathered, the student begins thetesting process for further evaluation.
At each tier, parents are involved and encouraged to be apart of the problem solving process.Conferences are documented at each tier, and parents are regularlyinformed of their child’s progress.
In summary, each tier focuses on intervening at the child’sindividual level through differentiation and research based instruction:
Tier I: Informal research based teacherinterventions
Tier II: Open Court instruction
Tier III: SRA ReadingGroups (pull-out)
Tier IV: Referral toSpecial Education
North Duplin Elementary