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Academic Leadership Journal

Abstract

Educational rhetoric often focuses on assessment, scores, and performance components which can be treated as being discrete. Response to Intervention (RTI) however, provides an opportunity for schools to look at sound, research based educational practices that support student learning through the use of tiered interventions. The tiers are interrelated and action driven. Assessment is one tool within the tiered approach to learning. One of the most important aspects of RTI is that it is meant to be a collaborative, school wide approach to education that brings together teachers, specialists, special education experts, and administration in an effort to help improve student achievement. Since RTI is not prescriptive, schools and districts across the nation are currently discovering how to implement RTI in a meaningful manner.

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