05 October, 2012

RTI: Implementation - Installation

The Installation Stage is when implementation planning begins.  A team of educators that includes representatives from central office, administration, special education, curriculum specialists, general education, and the psychology department begin to organize procedures, curriculum, assessment, and remediation practices already in place.  The goals being to identify overlap, reduce redundancies, and identify/fill gaps.  Consider:

  • Student placement procedures
  • Assessments
    • Identify what we currently use
    • Define why we use them
    • Align them with the definitions provided within the RTI model
      • Universal Screening
      • Progress Monitoring
        • Curriculum Based Measure
        • Mastery Measure
        • General Outcome Measure
  • Identify the Core Curriculum
    • Coordinate success rates within the Core Curriculum with the State High Stakes Assessments
  • Define current remediation practices that are used when students struggle in the Core Curriculum
    • Consider how we measure whether or not current remediation practices increase student achievement in the Core Curriculum [thereby increasing success on the High Stakes Assessment]
  • Discuss current curriculum and instructional strategies for students identified as working 3/4 of a year [or more] below grade level
    • Consider how we measure whether or not those strategies are assisting in closing the achievement gap

The Installation process includes defining and training personnel, the creation of problem solving teams, and the development of a monitoring schedule to be used for progress monitoring.  This is when tiers of instruction are developed and fluid movement through the tiers is defined.

Below are some sample notes taken during a 3-day Virtual RTI Framework Building training provided by Ronnis Systems Inc.:


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