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Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier instructional framework aimed at improving outcomes for all students. The goal of RTI is to intervene early when students begin to struggle with learning or behavior. To ensure that appropriate instruction directly addresses students’ academic and behavioral difficulties in the general education setting, a multi-tiered service delivery model is used. Included are layers of increasingly intense intervention responding to student specific needs.

Tier 1

Tier 1 is the foundation of the RTI instructional model. In this tier, all students receive high-quality, research-based instruction in the general education setting. Teachers deliver high-quality differentiated core class instruction that is aligned with state standards and in which 80-90% or more of the students are successful.

Tier 2

Tier 2 is for students who are not making progress at Tier 1, about 10-15% of all students. Students are identified for small-group instruction delivered by teachers and/or interventionists, in addition to Tier 1 instruction. This intensified level of intervention includes research-based programs, strategies, and procedures designed to supplement and enhance Tier 1 activities. This occurs for a 30 minutes 2-4 times a week in addition to core instruction.

Tier 3

Tier 3 is for student that have not responded adequately to Tiers 1 and 2. This level of intervention is aimed at approximately 5 –10% of the students. Tier 3 instruction includes small-group instruction delivered by interventionists. The intervention is based on scientific research based programs, strategies, and procedures designed to remediate identified deficits. This is 30-60 minutes for a minimum of 4 days a week in addition to core instruction.

Texas Education Agency Response to Intervention Resources

District Contact Information

Josh White

Hawkins Elementary Principal



Dr. Carla McAvoy

Hawkins MS/HS Principal