• RTII RtII - Response to Instruction and Intervention
    What is RtII?

    RtII is a process that allows teachers to continuously monitor students' progress and adjust instruction based on students' needs. The essential elements of RtII are:

    Universal Screening - short tests that measure reading skills for all students (administered 3 times a year).

    Research-based Interventions - programs (proven to be successful) addressing specific reading needs for students.


    Ongoing Monitoring of Student Progress - using data to make changes when needed. These short check-ups occur every one or two weeks.

    Why is Pottsgrove choosing RtII?

    Pottsgrove is committed to meeting the unique learning needs of all children. RtII provides a Tiered framework for teachers and highly qualified assistants to work with smaller groups of students toward the common goal of improving literacy skills for all learners.


    Tiers of Intervention:

    All elementary students are placed in flexible Tiers, depending on their level of need. Information from the Universal Screening, Progress Monitoring and classroom performance is used to determine which Tier is best for your child.

    Tier 1: All students are provided with Tier 1 support. Students that meet grade-level reading expectations or need opportunities for extension beyond the core curriculu are placed in Tier 1. Roughly 80% of the students should require only Tier 1 support.

    Tier 2: Students who struggle to meet grade level expectations are supported by Tier 2 interventions in addition to the regular core curriculum. Students in Tier 2 will receive these interventions in smaller groups designed to meet their  individual needs.

    Tier 3: Students receiving support in Tier 3 are considered “at-risk” in reading. In addition to the regular core curriculum, students in Tier 3 will receive intense interventions in very small groups, often with reading specialists.

    RTII Tiers
  • Terms to Know

    Tiers of Intervention:

    In RtII, 3 Tiers represent the levels of intensity or types of intervention a child receives. The 3 Tiers in RtII resemble a pyramid, (often referred to as the “Pyramid of Interventions”). 


    Universal Screening:

    All students are tested 3 times each year to determine reading proficiency against grade-level benchmarks.


    Progress Monitoring:

    Refers to the process of assessing student performance and deciding if adjustments need to be made to instruction or interventions.



    Refer to the additional supports students receive that address individual learning needs. Building

    principals, teachers, and reading specialists work together to diagnose potential reading problems and prescribe appropriate interventions.


    How can parents support RtII?

    • Provide 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading time each night.

    • Permit only limited access to television and video games, especially during school nights.

    • Engage your child in conversations that discuss current events.

    • Attend parent conferences and have regular discussions with your child’s teacher regarding their progress in the classroom.

    • Read with your child. Children love the time spent together.