DEFINITIONS
RTI Vocabulary

Accommodation: a change to instruction, material, assessment, organization of content, and/or tasks that support how a student learns. This allows for access to the general education curriculum standards without changing the content or performance expectations and creates an equal opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills.

(All accommodations should be embedded as much as possible within the context of the general education curriculum and the classroom routine.
However, there are sime students who must have the accommodation as part of their daily learning, For example
, all students can benefit from advanced organizers, but certain students must have them in order to comprehend text. )
  • Example: Student listens to an audiotape of the science textbook
  • Example: A designated notetaker is provided for the student, except where handwriting is part of the standard or learning objective.

Modification: a change to the general education curriculum in terms of the content or performance expectations that directly affect what the student learns and the degree to which the student is expected to demonstrate mastery.

(There are two kinds of modifications: 1.) change in the amount of concept or performance expectations within the grade level standard. 2.)Change in the level of performance standard)
  • Examples: Increase or decrease in number of required math facts, vocabulary or spelling words
  • Examples: Students learns the names and location on a map of 10 states (or countries in a continent), while the other students learn all of them

Interventions: A change in instructing or interacting with the student, based on data, which supplements and intensifies classroom curriculum/ instruction in order to meet student needs (academic, behavioral, social/ emotional or mental health). It is a strategic, purposeful adult interaction that accelerations and/or enriches student learning. Student progress is monitored to provide evidence of effectiveness.

(These specific activities and procedures are designed to significantly reduce the difference between what the students can currently do and what s/he is expected to do.)
  • Examples: Explicit instruction in concepts and skills (sound-letter correspondence, decoding, magnitude, subtraction with regrouping, etc...)
  • Examples: Explicit instruction in notetaking strategies

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