Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII)

PA Transition from RtII to a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

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Pennsylvania has long established Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) as an optional guiding framework for comprehensive school improvement efforts, as well as an alternate method for identifying specific learning disabilities. While RtII (Response to Instruction and Intervention) is a familiar acronym in most schools, MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) may be relatively new language. Pennsylvania will be supporting the transition from Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) to PA’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is defined as a comprehensive system of supports that in the commonwealth includes standards-aligned, culturally responsive and high quality core instruction, universal screening, data-based decision-making, tiered services and supports, parental engagement, central/building level leadership, RtII/SLD determination and professional development. Simply put, PA-MTSS represents a broad set of evidence-based practices that may be implemented across a system to include Academics AND Behavior within a recursive and systematic problem-solving process. PA-MTSS is relatively synonymous with RtII and is intended to help ALL students meet with continual academic and behavioral success.

PA Core Standards, MTSS and PA’s Educator Effectiveness System serve to connect what students should know and be able to do within the context of effective instruction/intervention using data-based decision-making. PA’s Educator Effectiveness System may be used as a mechanism to evaluate how well educators are bridging the what-how gap and target professional learning to help the field at large continue to evolve. Evidence associated with planning and preparation, the classroom environment, instruction and professional development and learning is naturally collected as a function of MTSS adoption and implementation.

Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII)

Consultants

  • Jennifer Lillenstein
    Reading, Response to Instruction & Intervention (RtII), School Psychology
  • Ann Hinkson-Herrmann
    Leadership, Secondary Transition, Response to Instruction & Intervention (RtII), Students with Complex Support Needs
  • Michael Minor
    Autism, Behavior, Secondary Transition, Response to Instruction & Intervention (RtII), School Psychology
  • Andrea Ellis
    Behavior, Data Analysis, Parents, Mathematics, Response to Instruction & Intervention (RtII)
  • Marianne Dudek
    Data Analysis, Reading, Mathematics, Response to Instruction & Intervention (RtII), PDE Annual Conference
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