District 58 uses Response to Intervention (RtI) protocols to meet the needs of all students.
RtI is not a pull-out program, special education, or even a dramatic shift in how services have been provided. Rather, it is a comprehensive system for assessing students and collecting data to identify those who may need extra assistance or challenges to be successful.
Data is collected three times a year for all students with regard to various reading skills, such as phonemic awareness and fluency. This allows staff to determine who is struggling and in need of intervention, who might be on the cusp and need some support in a specific area to continue being successful, and who might need extra challenges.
All schools use the same data collection program to help with problem-solving efforts, and staffs’ ability to identify and support children in the area of reading, whether it’s with extra help or an additional challenge, is greater than ever.
All of the assessments and interventions are based on scientific research. District 58 staff indicated in a survey conducted during 2010-11 that they feel students are getting the help they need, when they need it, because of RtI.