Ensuring RtI success: Data system and assessments
In order to gauge how Iowa is prepared to implement Response to Intervention (RtI), it is important to understand two key components to RtI: RtI data system and assessments.
Both are intricately linked to ensuring successful implementation of RtI.
RtI in Iowa is a decision-making framework of evidence-based practices in instruction and assessment that addresses the needs of all students starting in general education.
The Collaboration For Iowa’s Kids (C4K), a partnership between the Department, AEAs, and local school districts, is conducting a survey starting Friday, April 26 and through May 3. The survey will help identify the first group of elementary schools that will have access to Iowa’s statewide RtI data system, assessments, training, support and coaching in the area of early literacy.
To provide quality services and supports to schools to ensure optimal student outcomes in early literacy, the state is providing invited elementary schools and districts with access to a statewide RtI Data System, as well as universal screening and progress monitoring assessments for students preschool through sixth grade.
The RtI Data System has been established so that all students will experience a dynamic instructional environment – one that adapts to meet their continually changing needs – in order to optimize learning and student outcomes. This system, available at no cost to participating schools and districts, enables one-click reports on student progress that the teacher can see, use and share instantaneously after administration of assessments.
The state will provide participating schools and districts the following assessments at no cost to schools: the Formative Assessment System for Teachers for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade and Individual Growth and Development Indicators for 4-year-old preschoolers.
Don’t forget to mark on your calendar to take the survey, which will be open from Friday, April 26, to May 3.