Two years ago, the staff at Lyle Elementary School decided to focus on their students’ mathematics performance. They began by improving their high-quality mathematics instruction, making sure to implement standards-based curricula and evidence-based strategies at each grade level. They were excited to see greater understanding of mathematics concepts and increased student interest and motivation, which resulted in improved student performance on the year-end standardized tests. Even so, a relatively large number of students continued to struggle, and the school again did not achieve adequate yearly progress (AYP). The staff wondered whether response to intervention (RTI), the approach they had implemented in reading, could also be successfully applied to mathematics.
Here’s Your Challenge:
What is RTI for mathematics?
How can teachers effectively implement RTI for mathematics?