We are in the process of hammering out a Response to Intervention plan for the district. Being a small district, we manage to share and document most of the information that we need on a student who is struggling to get by. However, like all districts we are looking to RTI as a way of meeting the needs of students at risk—the students who year after year fall farther and farther behind.
Like so many things, the problem is not in finding good strategies but in building documentation. Documenting the strengths and weaknesses of the student, what the problems are, what things have been done, what has worked, and what has not.
The Madison School District and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction have developed a system called SIMS that as a district we are implementing. It allows us to look at a student (or group of students) and record details about the student’s issues and what strategies work. This is something that follows the student from grade to grade, allowing other teachers to understand what works for that child. This system is easy to use, allows teachers to add their own ideas or select others, and, best of all, is Open-Source and therefore free.
Just curious: what RTI program is your school using?