Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

MTSS/RtII & English Learners (ELs)

  • May 9th, 2011
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Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) is a comprehensive, multi-tiered, standards aligned framework for using student performance data to allocate instructional resources to improve student learning. The intent of RtII is to improve student outcomes by consistently making changes based upon data and robust differentiated instructional practices.

The successful participation of English Learners within an RtII framework begins with meaningful access to standards aligned high quality core instruction. Core instruction encompasses all core content areas, including English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction. High-quality core instruction for diverse learners is informed by a competent classroom teacher who has a foundation in culturally and linguistically appropriate instruction. Opportunities to receive supplemental, increasingly differentiated instruction matched to student need have also been found to be helpful in closing the achievement gaps for ELs, particularly when the instructional focus, design and delivery are aligned and implemented with fidelity.

To ensure fidelity of RtII implementation relative to the needs of diverse learners, implementation efforts should include:

  1. A systematic process for examining specific background variables such as first and second language proficiency, educational history including bilingual programming, immigration patterns, SES, and culture
  2. Examination of the appropriateness of classroom instruction relative to individual student factors
  3. Information on the development of English language proficiency based upon informal and formal assessments (ACCESS for ELs, W-APT)
  4. Interpretation of assessment data using an interdisciplinary team that includes an ESL specialist
  5. Interdisciplinary collaboration and alignment among instruction and intervention within and across Tiers 1, 2 and 3
  6. Initiating and strengthening home-school-community partnerships within the context of culture and language

Comprehensive EL/RtII Training Materials

Foundations of SAS and RtII: Meeting the Needs of ELLs through Effective Implementation of Tiers 1, 2 and 3: This training focuses on effective core instruction for ELLs within Tiers 1, 2 and 3 of the PA-RtII Framework as it relates to the PA Standards Aligned System. Implementation of summative and formative assessments as well as progress monitoring will be addressed. The materials provide support to trainers in replicating all or portions of this webinar. Materials are provided in their original format and include the powerpoint, resources and scaffolded activities, extension activities and a comprehensive implementation checklist.

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