We have finally made it! Our second cycle of RtI is complete! It seemed like it took forever this year. Snow days put us significantly behind. Add in missed days for state testing and any days missed due to student absences and no wonder Tier II and Tier III seemed to go on so long!
Tier II at our school runs for about 10 weeks. During those ten weeks, we progress monitor the students to check their progress on the interventions. Tier II meets outside the classroom setting in small groups of usually 4-6 students. But due to staffing issues, we have had slightly larger groups of 8 at times in the past. I do not like to have that many in a group. You really need smaller groups to give enough individual attention to each child in their areas of need.
Tier III is more intensive, both in interventions and for the length of time. It lasts for 12 weeks. Tier III is usually one student per teacher, but again staffing can be an issue and I have had 2 in this intensive tier. Optimally, of course, one student is best.
Tier I students stay in the classrooms and are to work on areas of need or enrichment.
Now that the tiers are completed and paperwork is turned in, I will go over the graphs and collect data for our staff RtI meeting.
Types of data that I collect are universal screening scores before Tier II and III began and again after the tiers ended. We use the DRA and IRI for our universal screening.
I also collect data on what other supports the student is receiving: Title 1, Reading Recovery, tutoring, etc… Is the student now on grade level? If not, how far below grade level.
All those questions, plus the data from the graphs help my RtI team make decisions on each individual student. Whether they should stay in that tier, move up or down a tier or be dismissed out of Tier II or III completely. It is a long day full of important decisions that we don’t take lightly. I think most of us are mentally exhausted by the end of the day.
My question for you is how does your school decide how students move in and out of the RtI tiers?