RTI = personalized learning

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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 is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities, Getting Smart and The Power of Place. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

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