Last week was our Decision Meeting for RtI. We have this all member committee meeting twice a year- once in January and once in May. We hold it after our RtI cycle has been completed.
A quick review of our RtI process is students are universally screened using the DRA 2 reading kit. I also screen kindergartners on phonemic awareness and letter/sound identification. Those students not reaching benchmarks are automatically placed into RtI groups. As head of our RtI committee, I place students by grouping them with others of similar needs: similar reading levels, similar areas of low skills, intervention needs, etc…
Students that are in Tier I stay within the classroom to work on areas of need or for enrichment. Tiers II and III go out to work in small groups (Tier II) or one on one (Tier III). Tier II for us is about 10 weeks long and Tier III lasts for about 12 weeks.
Each student starts with 2 and only two interventions to work towards mastering. When a skill is mastered, the student moves on to the next skill.
At the end of the cycle, I have scheduled classroom teachers to come to our meeting (one classroom teacher at a time) to meet with the committee. We discuss the progress made by the student, the RtI teacher talks about how the student performed for them, and the classroom teacher gives us input as to how the student is now doing in class. Then we look at the data:
* what was the student’s DRA score before RtI and after?
* was there any improvement in that DRA score?
* are they now on grade level?
* did their weekly progress graph show improvement?
* do they have other supports: Title 1, Reading Recovery, tutoring, etc…
You can click here to read my post and see the graph we use to show the results of weekly progress monitoring.