Parents and Family

As a parent or guardian, you understand the important role you play in your child’s education. Evidence shows that, when parents and family members are involved in a child’s education, the outcome is positive: Higher test scores, increased attendance, better behavior and social skills, higher rate of graduation and increased drive to pursue post-secondary education. If you want to continue your involvement and learn more about Wisconsin RtI and how you can help your child, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are the basics:

  • Wisconsin’s RtI program is built on the foundation of national RtI programs that have been proven to work for students, based on scientific, research-based instruction.
  • RtI programs use frequent assessments to measure how well student are doing in the basic areas of reading, spelling, mathematics and/or written language.
  • Three times a year, school personnel review records of students’ performance on these assessments to determine which students may be at-risk or need additional challenges within their curriculum. This is called a “universal screening.”
  • If a student does not respond well to the adjustments in curriculum and is under-performing in academics, additional help will be provided on varying levels. These levels of additional instruction are called “interventions.”
  • Students who are selected to receive interventions are then continually assessed throughout the intervention time to determine if the change in curriculum is positive impacting their educational experience and academic performance. This is referred to as “progress monitoring.”

RtI is an educational system dedicated to providing structures that will increase success for ALL students. When appropriately implemented, with parents and families involved from the onset, RtI can truly impact the lives of our children. To learn more about RtI specifics, view the informational pages within this section.

Family Engagement Links

Questions to ask your school or district about RtI

Debra Jennings of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc., offers a helpful series of questions for parents to ask their child’s school or district regarding RtI program implementation. These questions and more input from Jennings can be found on the RtI Action Network website. 

  1. In considering whether and how to implement RTI, what is the school and/or district strategy for reviewing curriculum options? How will parents be included in this process?
  2. Does this process ensure that the curriculum adopted will address the needs of the student population?
  3. Does the curriculum include materials that parents can use at home?
  4. Are there sufficient resources (time, materials, and staff) to be able to offer the variety of proven instructional strategies needed to address diverse student needs?
  5. How will our teachers be trained in using tools and methods for measuring student performance that recognize small increments of growth?
  6. What interventions will be used? Are these scientifically based as supported by research? Will they address the cultural and language needs of our students?
  7. Does the district have clear, objective guidelines for determining an "adequate" response to an intervention—how much progress over what period of time will determine if an intervention is successful? How will school personnel check to be sure that the interventions were carried out as planned?
  8. At what point in the RTI process are parents informed of their due process rights under IDEA 2004, including the right to request an evaluation for special education eligibility?
  9. Does the school and district have a plan for keeping parents informed as the new procedures are put into place? Are there written materials for parents that explain the RTI process?
  10. Does our school and district have specific ways to include parents as partners in the process, including regular school-wide or district-wide meetings to let parents know what is working and what additional efforts or resources may be needed?