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Response to Instruction



Response to Instruction is defined as:  

"an instructional framework that promotes a well-integrated system connecting general, gifted, supplemental, and special education services in providing high quality, standards-based instruction and intervention that is matched to students’ academic, social-emotional, and behavioral needs. RtI combines core instruction, assessment, and intervention within a multi-tiered system to increase student achievement and reduce behavior problems." (Response to Instruction:  Alabama's Core Support for All Students, available online at 


Providing scientific, research-based core instruction and interventions are key elements of the RtI framework.  A graphic representation of tiers of instruction and intervention appropriate for use in Alabama schools (taken from Response to Instruction: Alabama's Core Support for All Students, available online at is included above in Figure 1.