Tier 1 Description

  • The first “I” in RTI2 is instruction; strong Tier 1 instruction is the foundation of RTI2. Core instruction and grade-level expectations are delivered to all students through the Tier 1 instructional block.  The hallmarks of effective Tier 1 instruction:

    • High expectations
    • Standards-based whole group with small group instruction
    • A balance of skills-based and knowledge-based competencies in reading and mathematics with differentiation, and purposeful use of data.
    Strategic and intensive Tier 2 and 3 interventions occur in addition to Tier 1 instruction. Tier 1 provides a scaffolded model of grade-level rigor aligned to the standards; whereas Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions target and narrow learning gaps, making Tier 1 instruction increasingly accessible to all learners.
    Classroom Instruction is aligned with Knox County Schools Curriculum Framework.