Multi-tiered System of Supports Response to Intervention and Instruction
A multi-tiered approach to instruction and intervention is a comprehensive and systematic process for assessing and maximizing the opportunities to learn for all students withing any content area. It emphasizes the importance of effective, culturally responsive, and differentiated first teaching and effective early intervening supports for both academics and behavior for all students, prior to making a referral for a special education evaluation. The VTAoE has identified a multi-tiered system for RtII as a major component of school improvement and effectiveness.
While providing flexibility in the selection of specific content, methods, and tools, these guidelines call for common elements in all schools/districts who wish to use a multi-tiered system.