10. RTI Success

Frank Mand, writing for GateHouse News Service in 2010, reports on RTI funding at Carver School, Mass. Regular classroom teachers and other personnel had to be laid off but enthusiasm for the School’s RTI program lead to the retention of staff, according to Superintendent Elizabeth Sorrell:

‘The professional staff was also adamant, Sorrell said, that no cuts be made that would affect the school-wide “Response to Intervention” reading initiative. Since the RTI program was established in Carver, reading and comprehension scores at all levels have made “gigantic strides,” according to Sorrell. At the elementary level, students reading at grade level have risen from 25 to 78 percent since the RTI programs began…So there will not be a reduction in reading specialists and support staff.”


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