Rodney T. Irwin is the principal at Mayflower Elementary School. He recently attended a meeting where Mr. Altman, the principal of Rosa Parks Elementary, described the positive impact of RTI at his school. Mr. Altman shared graphs that demonstrated an increase in student performance on the reading section of the annual standardized achievement test since implementing RTI two years ago. In addition, he reported that teachers have noticed a positive impact on students’ reading skills in their classrooms. As a result of the success at Rosa Parks and at schools across the country, the state and local education agencies are encouraging elementary schools to adopt the RTI approach. They would like schools to implement RTI in order to provide early intervening services for struggling readers and to identify students with learning disabilities in the early elementary grades. Consequently, Mr. Irwin recognizes the possibility of improving student outcomes in reading at his school and is considering what to do next.
Here’s your challenge:
What information does Mr. Irwin need to consider before proceeding?
How can Mr. Irwin build support for adopting the RTI approach at Mayflower Elementary?
What should schools consider when deciding whether or not to adopt the RTI approach?
What are some factors that should be addressed when implementing the RTI approach?
How can schools assess whether or not the RTI approach is effective?