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Problem-Solving Process

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Problem solving lies at the heart of RtI2. It goes beyond fulfilling procedural requirements and checklists to taking a close look at what is actually happening schoolwide, in the classroom, or with individual students or groups of students, and then making informed decisions about the steps to take to improve student learning. The problem solving process (PSP) is a cycle of inquiry that considers four data-based questions:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. Why is it occurring?
  3. What are we going to do about it?
  4. Is it working?

Using the PSP ensures that all factors (curriculum, pedagogy, school and classroom environment, expectations) have been thoroughly examined and analyzed, and that decisions regarding instructional modifications are based on relevant evidence.