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Why Implement RtI?

The rationale for implementing RtI within Nebraska schools is two-fold. RtI provides:

  • a multi-tier framework for utilizing best instructional practices to guide instruction for all students (in general and special education) through means of a continuum of services and
  • student performance data that can be used as part of a comprehensive evaluation for the identification of a student with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD).

The focus of RtI is on improved student outcomes for all students through the provision of high-quality scientifically/research-based instruction and interventions that are matched to student academic or behavioral needs. Through a multi-tiered framework, the RtI process enables districts to provide early support and assistance to students who are struggling to attain or maintain grade level performance. Teachers no longer have to wait for students to fail before interventions can begin. RtI provides a consistent model and procedures to make collaborative data-based educational decisions for all students.