8. RTI Success

Kassia Micek writing in The Courier of Montgomery County (Texas) 2010 highlights RTI success in The Willis Independent School District for special-needs children. The program was presented to the Board of Trustees Workshop. The first effort is to begin at the middle school. It takes up to five years to fully establish RTI.

Both IDEA and No Child Left Behind prompted early efforts to start an RTI program. The District is ahead of most districts. RTI will likely be mandated by the Texas Education Agency.

The programs operates in three tiers. “Tier one includes 100 percent of students and is included in the general classroom education. Tier two includes 15-20 percent of students and is where students are pulled out for additional instruction three times per week. In tier three, which affects around 5 percent of students, the intensity, frequency and class size is increased…”

There is a research basis for RTI programming: “They’ve been doing this in the northern states for 20-25 years” … “This is something that has statistics to show that it works….”


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