Utah’s 3 Tier Model provides a framework for the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in Utah. The model provides Utah educators with a process for delivering quality, research-based instruction using Utah’s Core Curricula. The model also provides a foundation for reducing the prevalence of struggling readers by creating a seamless K-12 instructional system aligning with Federal and State legislative requirements. Utah’s 3 Tier Model is also a process to provide data to teachers for determining student responsiveness to interventions.
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered approach to help struggling learners. Each tier provides increasingly targeted and intensive instruction. The student’s progress is closely and continually monitored, and a team decision based on data is made to determine if there is a need for further research-based instruction/intervention in general education.
This tiered approach along with the essential components of parent involvement, research-based instruction, ongoing assessment, and monitoring will help to ensure that the RTI process works well.
Dr. Joe Torgesen, Director Emeritus at the Florida Center for Reading Research explains that explicit instructionis instruction that does not leave anything to
chance, and it does not make assumptions about skills and knowledge that children acquire on their own. Outstanding and effective teachers understand the following sequential components of explicit instruction:
A student’s move through the 3 Tiers is a fluid process based on student assessment data and collaborative team decisions. At any time during this process, a student may be referred for consideration of eligibility for a Section 504 plan and/or evaluation for special education eligibility. (Information about Section 504 plans is available from the Utah Parent Center, the Utah State Office of Education, your local school, or district.) Tutoring may be necessary in any of the tiers to provide extra practice and support to help students maintain benchmark progress.
For more in-depth information regarding Utah’s 3 Tier Model of Reading Instruction, please refer to: www.schools.utah.gov/sars/DOCS/resources/3-tierread.aspx
Schools and Districts are using various approaches when implementing this model. Some may use different terminology to describe the process they are implementing. Technical assistance is provided to school districts and charter schools by the Utah State Office of Education.
If, as a parent, you would like to be involved in the decision making processes in your school or district or if you want more information about how RTI is being implemented, contact your local school or district administrators.