Response to Intervention : RTI

The Illinois State Board of Education has mandated schools to provide Response to Intervention services to ensure that all students meet the Illinois State assessments and standards. The Winthrop Harbor School District believes in providing an education that is responsive to the individual needs of each student. We are implementing a Response to Intervention Program (RtI) that will allow us to continuously monitor each student’s progress toward expected literacy, mathematics, and behavioral goals. This is a three-tiered approach with varying levels of support. Assessment results determine which students qualify for extra support as outlined in their program. Through RtI, teachers will collect data that will help them make instructional decisions for their students. The purpose of RtI is to provide appropriate learning experiences for all students.


This is a three-tiered approach with varying levels of support:

  • Tier 1: the classroom teacher will use a variety of strategies and materials to promote successful learning. If a student is not making progress as evidenced by on-going assessments, the teacher may choose to refer the student for more support. A plan is developed to provide appropriate intervention for students who are not making expected progress and Tier 2 interventions are implemented.

  • Tier 2: additional instruction and interventions are provided in small and/or large group settings in addition to Tier 1 instruction. In the event that a student needs more intensive instruction or interventions beyond what is provided in Tiers 1 and 2, the student will move to a Tier 3 program.

  • Tier 3: frequent and intensive instruction and interventions are provided in a small group or to individual students in addition to what is provided in Tier 1.

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