Multi-Tiered Instruction/Response to Intervention

Multi-Tiered Instruction (MTI) is the practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying student response data to important educational decisions.

Response to Intervention (RTI) is an evaluation procedure for identifying special education services.  Together MTI/RTI can be applied to decisions  in general, remedial, and/or special education, creating a well-integrated system of instruction guided by student outcome data.

Positive Behavior Support (PBS) emphasizes schools providing proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in school while creating a positive school environment. PBS uses cohesive behavioral supports in all areas of the educational arena to assist students.


MTI/RTI is a systematic approach to providing services for all students in Sherwood elementary schools.  MTI/RTI supports early intervention and careful monitoring of student progress.  It is the way we ensure students will become successful learners.  Currently our focus is on reading instruction.

Some key features of MTI/RTI include:

  • Providing all students with research-based reading instruction.
  • Screening all students for reading skills.
  • Identifying students who need more support and providing that support as soon as possible.
  • Collecting data to see if the additional help is working.
  • Collaboration among school staff to determine the most effective supports for students.
  • Working with parents if your child continues to need support.