The Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase

Task 1: Identify Financial Resources

Guideline: Educators should be aware of financial resources available to support activities to implement Response to Intervention (RtI). Government funding is available for school improvement and other education programs and their associated requirements through federal and state resources. This task provides information on financial resources available to support RtI.

Questions & Answers on RTI and Early Intervening Services

This 2007 question and answer document prepared by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) provides guidance to states and districts in complying with the requirements regarding early intervening services and response to scientific research-based interventions.

IDEA Regulations: Early Intervening Services

Prepared by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), this document addresses the final regulatory requirements regarding early intervening services.

Federal Funding to Support Response to Intervention

This article authored by St. Louis (Missouri) Public Schools' Anna Munson, reviews the use of federal funds to support RtI. The article reviews funding available through IDEA 2004 Part B; ESEA Title I, Part A; ESEA Title III; and discretionary grants.

Office of English Language Acquisition

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA) provides information about the services, programs, activities, and resources available to educators, parents, and students under Title III and Title V of ESEA.

Office of Special Education Programs - Programs and Projects

This link to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Programs and Projects website provides information on IDEA fundng.

Response to Intervention (RtI): Funding Questions and Answers

This link to the Center on Response to Intervention website provides questions and answers on the use of federal funds to support RtI initiatives.

Response to Intervention as it Relates to Early Intervening Services Recommendations

This link to a Project Forum document, supported by the National Association Association of State Directors of Education, identifies issues and recommendations associated with implementing early intervening services.

Element 1: Learn About Response to Intervention (RTI)

Purpose: As defined by the National Center on Response to Intervention (RtI), "response to intervention integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems." Although RtI may have a different name in some states, the basic approach remains the same. Schools use data to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student's responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities. Element 1 provides overview information on RtI.

Activity 1: An Overview of RTI

Activity 2: Resources to Support RtI

Activity 3: Legal and Equity Issues

Element 2: Understand Universal Screening

Purpose: Identifying students at risk for poor learning outcomes is an essential component of response to intervention (RtI). Universal screening is a brief assessment given to all students focusing on specific skills. Possessing a basic understanding of the role universal screening plays in RtI is essential in understanding the RtI concept. Element 2 provides information on universal screening.

Activity 1: Universal Screening

Activity 2: Collect Screening Data

Activity 3: Use Screening Data

Element 3: Become Familiar with Progress Monitoring

Purpose: The National Center on Student Progress Monitoring defined progress monitoring as "a scientifically based practice that is used to assess students' academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Progress monitoring can be implemented with individual students or an entire class." As an essential component of response to intervention (RtI), teachers need to understand its principles and application in practice. This task provides resources explaining progress monitoring.

Activity 1: Progress Monitoring

Activity 2: Collect Progress Monitoring Data

Activity 3: Use Progress Monitoring Data

Element 4: Use Data-based Decision-making

Purpose: Data analysis and decision making occurs at all response to intervention (RtI) implementation and instruction phases. Data teams use screening and progress monitoring data to make decisions about instruction and movement of students within the model. This element provides resources to inform teachers about using data to make applicable decisions within the RtI model.

Activity 1: Data-based Decision-making

Activity 2: Strategies for Reviewing Data and Making Data-based Decisions

Activity 3: Use Data to Inform Instructional Decision-making

Element 5: Become Familiar with Tiered Instruction

Purpose: As defined by the National Center on Response to Intervention, "tiered instruction describes levels of instructional intensity within a multi-tiered prevention system." The primary prevention/intervention level comprises the core instruction. The secondary prevention/intervention level consists of supplemental instruction, while the tertiary prevention/intervention level provides intensive interventions to those students showing minimal response to the secondary interventions. This element provides resources on the tiered instruction concept.

Activity 1: Primary Prevention/Intervention

Activity 2: Secondary Prevention/Intervention (Supplemental Interventions)

Activity 3: Tertiary Prevention/Intervention (Intensive Interventions)

Element 6: Improve as a Teacher

Purpose: Planning for professional growth is part of a career-long learning process. Adjusting teaching practice to incorporate response to intervention (RtI) strategies is part of that process. This Element provides information on developing a professional learning plan and resources for professional growth.

Activity 1: Individual Professional Learning Plan

Activity 2: Professional Learning

Element 7: Commit to Fidelity and Evaluation

Purpose: Fidelity refers to adhering to or exacting following the premises and/or principles associated with a program or initiative. With Response to Intervention (RtI) fidelity represents adherence to the principles outline in its essential components. Element 7 provides resources to help educators adhere to the RtI model principles.

Activity 1: Evaluation of Model Implementation

Activity 2: Use Fidelity and Achievement Data to Inform Continuous Improvement

Element 8: Factors Supporting RtI Implementation

Purpose: In addition to the essential components of response to intervention (RtI), additional factors supporting its implementation include leadership, collaborative culture, acknowledging changing staff member roles, stakeholder involvement, and parent and family partnerships. Being aware of the role these factors play with supporting RtI may enhance its successful implementation. Element 8 provides resources about these factors.

Activity 1: Leadership

Activity 2: Collaborative Culture

Activity 3: Staff Member Roles and Responsibilities

Activity 4: Stakeholder Collaboration

Activity 5: Parental Involvement and Community Partnerships

Element 9: Be Familiar with RtI Implementation at the Secondary Level

Purpose: Response to intervention (RtI) is an instructional framework frequently used at the elementary school level, but the implementation of tiered interventions in middle and high schools is becoming increasingly popular. Though there is very little research on such frameworks at the middle school level and no research yet supporting the use of tiered interventions in high schools, "professional wisdom" is emerging to guide practitioners wishing to move forward with such implementation at the secondary level. Element 9 provides resources to assist educators in becoming familiar with the emerging research in this area, deepening their knowledge of how the essential components of RtI may translate to the middle and high school levels, and providing tools and resources that will guide the use of assessment and effective instruction within a tiered system of delivery.

Activity 1: Current Research

Activity 2: Implementation of RtI in Secondary Schools

Activity 3: Resources and Tools

Element 10: RtI with Diverse Learners

Purpose: The response to intervention (RtI) model is intended to support all learners regardless of learning challenges. For example, some students facing learning challenges due to language and cultural differences and/or who show traits of giftedness may require interventions. This element provides educators information on applying the RtI model to English language and gifted learners.

Activity 1: English Language Learners

Activity 2: Gifted Learners

Activity 3: Early Childhood Learning