Getting More from RTI in Skyward Getting More from RTI in Skyward

Getting More from RTI in Skyward

by Rebecca Gaboda
Rebecca Gaboda Rebecca Gaboda Product Manager
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Parent engagement is important for all kids, but kids who need intervention particularly benefit from bridging school and home. Here’s how the Response to Intervention solution can help educators monitor progress and share important updates with parents. 

Create a watchlist 

Watchlists help monitor students who may need an intervention based on various criteria. Criteria type is hard-coded based on state requirements and includes a broad list of risk factors. Districts can set criteria for groups on the watchlists—for example, academic, behavior, social, or subject-specific interventions. 

Watchlists can also provide clues about what might not be working in the district’s curriculum. If an unusual number of students need intervention, directors may step in to review. 

rti criteria

Use referrals 

Educators can refer students in need of intervention. The form captures information about the student’s criteria type and group, and it includes up to 10 open-ended questions set by the district or school. Certain questions can be applied district-wide and others may be added at the school level for different grades’ needs. 

rti referral

Districts use referrals primarily in two ways: 
  • Immediate referrals: This method calls for teachers to refer students as soon as they suspect the student may benefit from an intervention. 
  • Referrals after intervention: Schools use this strategy when interventions aren’t working well. Instead, teachers use the referral form to recommend a student for special education. They use the data documented in the RTI referral to help build a case for providing services. 

Interventions, goals, and progress monitoring 

Once students are identified, interventions are created in the system with goals for the student to work toward. Interventions may also be cloned and applied to multiple students, in the event of small group interventions.  

Teachers can use the meetings tool on the Interventions screen (unique to each student in need of intervention) to set up progress monitoring and other meetings. Teachers can quickly set up recurring meetings using the mass edit function. Meetings display on their calendar using an RTI filter. 

rti meeting


The student’s intervention goal plays a starring role in graphing and monitoring the student’s progress, appearing as a focal point on nearly every RTI graph.  

Create graphs based on student, score, date range, and interventions. Each graph’s preference can be saved and used to create graphs for other students. Graphs can show individual progress toward goals and compare the student’s progress to the average progression of students with similar intervention plans. 

rti chart

Family Access 

Districts can completely customize the RTI information available in Family Access. If enabled, parents can see: 
  • Which watch lists their students appear on, based on the groups the district created. 
  • Referrals and details including status, criteria, and who referred the student. 
  • Intervention information, such as the area and tier level. 
  • Charts to monitor progress. 
Because RTI is a detailed, personalized process, districts may elect not to show this information via Family Access in favor of having more in-depth conversations. However, with the right explanation, families may find these instant updates very helpful in keeping their child’s progress on track. Watch how everyone working together can help a student who is struggling:


Tracking Response to Intervention in Skyward creates transparency and convenience to connect schools and families. Keep parents in the loop by explaining and sharing data to catch kids before they fall and get them back on grade level. 


Follow-up resource: 3 Districts' RTI Routines

Find out what sets these districts' outstanding implementations apart in 3 Top-Tier RTI Districts.


Rebecca Gaboda Rebecca Gaboda Product Manager
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