English Language Learners
March 10, 2011

Fact Sheet 6: Implementing Response to Intervention (RtI) with English Language Learners

Source: Research and Educational Services

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has established a regulatory policy framework for Response to Intervention. Response to Intervention - RtI - is a three-tiered prevention system in which each tier provides progressively intensive services to students. The results of screening and progress monitoring assessments are used to decide students' appropriate services and programs among the 3 tiers, either to improve student learning and/or behavior. The three tiers of intervention to support students are: Core Instruction (Tier 1), Strategic Intervention (Tier 2), and Intensive Intervention (Tier 3).

NYSED's RtI framework establishes policy governing the use of RtI to meet the diverse educational needs of learners.

With ever-increasing numbers of English language learners (ELLs) who are being educated in classrooms throughout New York state (NYS) and the need for increased understanding of second language acquisition and language disabilities/disorders, this Fact Sheet provides information on how RtI can address the diverse needs of ELLs who are struggling in attaining NYS learning standards or may have a learning disability. The

information contained in this Fact Sheet is excerpted from the NYSED document, "Response to Intervention: Guidance for New York State School Districts October 2010" which can be accessed in its entirety, at the following link: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/RTI/guidance‐oct10.pdf .

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