Teacher Perspectives for Response to Intervention Essay

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Teacher Perceptions of the Response to Intervention Model

Introduction

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a system-wide approach in general education to prevent and/or resolve lack of student success. RTI provides the framework and means to meet the needs of all learners, especially struggling learners, by using data-based decisions to identify the students, link interventions and instruction to their needs, monitor their progress, and make adjustments as needed based on an ongoing review of the data. Schools are restructuring to include the formation of data teams at the school and/or grade level. The team is responsible for analyzing achievement and behavior data, setting norms to determine expected growth for students, determining
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Definitions
For this study, there is one term that needs to be defined:
1. Experienced Teacher – Teacher who has taught in the Georgia public school system for more than five years.

Nature and Limitations of the Study
The proposed study follows a qualitative research approach, involving the use of semi-structured interview as the primary method. A review of system and school level RTI documents as will also be utilized as well as Georgia Department of Education material found on their website. This study will be limited to no more than 30 teacher interviews because of the time constraints involved in interviewing and subsequent data analysis procedures.

Design of the Study
Setting
Valdosta City Schools’ is located in southwest Georgia within Lowndes County. It is comprised mostly of inner-city students at high risk for academic failure. Teacher turn over rate is average when compared to other similar systems in Georgia.

Research Perspective
A qualitative research approach is proposed for this study. Data collected will include attitudes, feelings, expressions, and other behaviors. Data will be collected from a wide array of material and blended throughout the study in order to provide comprehensive results. These results will hopefully guide Valdosta City Schools in their endeavor to fully

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