RTI = personalized learning

The National Center on RTI defines the new buzzword as follows:

Response to intervention integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems. With RTI, schools identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities.

In other words, RTI is personalized learning.  It’s what education should be, not a special program layered on top of an age cohort marching through a textbook.  Personalized learning currently lives around the fringes of the system–in special and alternative ed, in targeted tutoring, in online learning.  But soon we’ll just call RTI education.

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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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1 Comment

John Danner
11/22/2009

That's good to hear, we've been RTI schools from the beginning. It's only one of four ways we individualize/personalize, but the most effective.

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