Sumter County
Elementary Schools
“Graduating Independent, Productive Citizens”
Response to Intervention School Plan
RTI Committee Members:
Will vary based on student needs.
How often will RTI Committee meet?
Will vary based on student needs.
Tiers of Instruction:
Description of Tier 1 (Core) Instruction:
The core tenet of Tier 1 is to provide high quality instruction to all students in Sumter County Elementary Schools. The purpose of
Tier 1 is to eliminate poor instruction and behavioral supports as a possible cause of academic underachievement or behavioral
problems. Sumter County utilizes standards-based instruction within a Common Core Framework. Effective, evidence- based
instructional practices are incorporated into all classrooms, regardless of grade, ability level, or subject matter. Tier 1 also
incorporates effective, positive school-wide behavioral programs. That is, all elementary schools in Sumter County utilize a positive
behavioral incentive program to promote positive academic and social behaviors across all students. Approximately 80% of the
student body should achieve academic success when receiving Tier 1 instruction alone.
Sumter County Elementary School Response to Intervention Plan
Universal screening is used to identify students who are struggling academically or behaviorally in Tier 1 and might need more
intensive intervention. That is, all students are administered brief assessments focused on evaluating a variety of target skills and
behaviors. Academic universal screeners are typically administered three times a year (fall, winter, and spring) in the academic areas
of reading and math. Students who are in need of more intensive intervention are identified through pre-established, research-based
cutoff scores. Behavioral screeners are administered to identify students who need more intensive behavioral interventions. Teachers
complete the Classroom Universals Inventory on each student. Students who scored in the top 5% for each school is identified and
their records are reviewed to determine whether they should begin the following school year on a Tier 2 or Tier 3 behavior
intervention plan. A Modification/Accommodation Worksheet is used to facilitate the decision making process. In addition to
universal screening data, classroom office discipline referral data and teacher referrals can also be used to identify students in need of
more intensive intervention.
Description of Tier 2 Instruction:
Tier 2 instruction is slightly more intensive than Tier 1 instruction and typically involves smaller group-based instruction. The Early
Intervention Program (EIP) is typically the vehicle for this targeted small-group instruction in our elementary schools. Tier 2 also
involves more frequent progress monitoring than Tier 1. Tier 2 instruction incorporates monthly progress monitoring through the use
of brief assessments that are research-based and sensitive to change. Students in need of a Tier 2 behavioral intervention are typically
provided a daily behavioral support such as a mentor or Check-In-Check Out. Students who do not demonstrate adequate progress are
provided with more intensive intervention and are considered for Tier 3 instruction. Approximately 15% of the student body should
achieve success through Tier 2 instruction.
For a list of all available Tier 2 interventions and their descriptions, please see the Sumter County RTI Intervention Inventory for
reading, mathematics, and writing.
Description of Tier 3 Instruction:
In Tier 3, students receive individualized, intensive instruction based on their specific skill deficit. This instruction is typically
delivered in a one-on-one or small group setting. Students in Tier 3 are progress monitored on a weekly basis. This frequent progress
monitoring allows for the determination of a rate of growth and provides data on which to base instructional decisions (i.e.,
determining the effectiveness of the intervention). Approximately 5% of the student body should be served through Tier 3 instruction.
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Students who continue to struggle despite receiving high quality, research based Tier 3 interventions are considered for referral for a
comprehensive evaluation to determine special education eligibility.
In regards to students with behavioral difficulties, those who continue to struggle after receiving a Tier 2 intervention are further
assessed through the completion of behavioral questionnaires by their teachers. Individualized behavior intervention plans are
developed and implemented in the classroom. Progress on their behavioral goals is monitored daily. As well, students who continue
to struggle despite receiving an intensive individualized behavior plan are considered for referral for a comprehensive evaluation to
determine special education eligibility.
For a list of all available Tier 3 interventions and their descriptions, please see the Sumter County RTI Intervention Inventory for
reading, mathematics, and writing.
What distinguishes Tier 2 from Tier 3?
Intervention intensity distinguishes Tier 2 from Tier 3 instruction. This includes aspects such as the intervention itself, frequency of
delivery, the duration of the intervention, and the size of the group to which it is provided.
Assessments:
What assessments, sources, etc. will be used to help identify which students need intervention?
 GRASP is the primary universal screener and progress monitor for reading.
 GRASP Math (2-5) and Early Numeracy Screeners (K & 1) are the primary universal screeners.
 2-5 students are progress monitored with GRASP Math probes.
 K-1 students are progress monitored with GRASP probes.
 Elementary writing is universally assessed with Quarterly, Standards-Based Writing Assessments
 Behavior is universally assessed with the Classroom Universals Inventory
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How will you determine which students will receive Tier 3 instruction?
Students will receive Tier 3 instruction when monthly progress monitoring at Tier 2 indicates inadequate growth.
Who will keep up with the RTI folder for each student, which contains the RTI Documentation Form and all Progress
Monitoring sheets?
Elementary school assistant principals will manage students’ RtI folders.
Who will notify parents of student placement into Tiers 2 or 3?
Elementary school assistant principals will notify parents of student placement into Tiers 2 or 3.
Intervention Team Meetings:
Who will schedule Intervention Team Meetings?
The elementary school’s assistant principal will schedule intervention team meetings.
Each Tier 3 student will have his/her own Intervention Team. What staff members will be on each team (i.e. principal,
classroom teacher(s), speech teacher, special ed. teacher, reading interventionist, counselor, ELL teacher)?
Intervention team members will vary based on student needs.
What will the role of the Intervention Team be?
The intervention team will be responsible for suggesting evidence-based interventions appropriate for the individual’s particular
needs, based on the available data. The intervention team will assign staff to conduct the intervention and gather progress monitoring
data. As well, the intervention team will evaluate the student’s response to the specified intervention and make recommendations.
How often will the Intervention Team meet for students in Tier 2/Tier 3?
The frequency with which the intervention team meets will vary depending on student needs.
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