Response to Intervention: Response to Intervention is an alternative method, other than IQ tests, for identifying learning disabilities. Introduced in the reauthorization of IDEA in 2004, Response to Intervention is a 3-tiered process that provides academic support to needy students before referring for special education evaluation.
Students are first informally evaulated or referred by teachers or parents for the need for additional, small group, scientifically-based instruction. After a few weeks of careful data-keeping, needs are reevaluated and more intensive instruction provided. The 3rd tier allows for one-to-one instruction and a referral to special education services.
Also Known As: RTI