Response to Intervention
The purpose of RTI is that of a prevention model to limit or prevent academic failure for students who are having difficulty learning by providing "scientific research/evidence-based interventions" to bring students up to grade level achievement. Although there is no single RTI model, the West Tallahatchie School District uses a three tiered model. Each tier provides increasingly individualized instruction, continuous monitoring of progress to calculate gains, and criteria for changing interventions and/or tiers through a team decision-making process. In general, the tiers would include:
Tier I - high quality instruction and behavioral supports provided in general education classrooms.
Tier II - small group instruction - intensive specialized interventions provided with consistency by highly trained teachers.
In Tier III - more individualized intervention and/or referral for special education.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ("Section 504") is a federal law which protects persons with qualifying disabilities from discrimination. Specifically, Section 504 is designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of handicap in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Section 504 is for students who would not have a comparable opportunity to an appropriate education without modification or intervention. If a student is found eligible under Section 504, Section 504 also requires that the WTSD provide a free appropriate public education to that student. The services provided are designed to accommodate the individual needs of the student with a disability.