Response to Intervention/Response to Instruction (RTI)

Response to intervention/response to instruction (RTI) signifies a reconceptualization of K–12 education—one that calls for the replacement of the general education classroom with multiple layers or tiers of instruction (including the general class). Students are assigned to an instructional tier and move among the tiers based on the data-based monitoring of their academic progress. Beyond these generalities, the specifics of RTI are hotly contested by what are called, for the purpose of this entry, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) groups. This entry provides a description of the views of these groups as well as an explanation of how and why RTI emerged. Finally, this entry describes one of the more important challenges facing practitioners, policymakers, ...

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