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Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting educators in understanding and implementing the response to intervention (RTI) model. The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) has identified four stages in the implementation of evidence-based strategies such as RTI. The first stage is Exploration, and it involves consideration of the essential components of RTI models and the district or school's readiness to implement an RTI model with fidelity. During the second stage, Installation, a district or school selects an RTI model and works actively to put in place all of the supports necessary for implementing the essential components. These supports can include staff member training, policies, implementation guides, forms, assessments, instructional programs, and software. The third stage is Initial Implementation, and it involves implementing the essential components. Initial Implementation can involve just a few components or teachers, and then implementation expands over time. When the majority of teachers are implementing all components of RTI with fidelity, the district or school is in the fourth stage, called Full Implementation. This KnowledgeBase is geared primarily toward those in the Exploration and Installation stages, with some resources for those in the Initial Implementation stage.

Task 2: Learn About RTI 's Essential Components

Guideline: The National Center on Response to Intervention (RTI) identifies four essential components for RTI:
  • Multi-level prevention system
  • Screening
  • Progress monitoring
  • Data-based decision making

The components are an interrelated system with data-based decision making at its core. To implement RTI, teachers must understand and be familiar with these components. It is also important to note no single definitive RTI model exists, as some states have identified additional components in their models. This task provides overview information about RTI’s essential components. In subsequent tasks, each component is further examined.



RTI Tools Charts

The Center on Response to Intervention, in collaboration with the National Center on Intensive Intervention, has established a standard process to evaluate the scientific rigor of commercially available tools and interventions that can be used in an MTSS/RTI context. Together, these two Centers conduct annual reviews of tools and interventions in the following three domains: Screening, Progress Monitoring, and Academic Intervention Programs.


Models of Response to intervention in the Northwest Region States

This September 2009 report was prepared for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) by the Regional Edu­cational Laboratory (REL) Northwest administered by Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.  This report describes state-level efforts to support implementation of Response to In­tervention (RTI) in the Northwest Region states such as: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. RTI, an approach to improving education outcomes, focuses on monitoring academic progress and using assessment data to identify struggling students, modify in­struction, and provide interventions matched to students’ needs on a tiered, gradually inten­sifying basis (Batsche et al. 2005).


Essential Components of RTI - A Closer Look at Response to Intervention

This link is to the Center on Response to Intervention's April 2010 publication examining the essential components of RTI. This publication may be useful to educators becoming familiar with the RTI concept.

Include Essential Components

The RTI Action Network has identified three essential components addressing tiered instruction and intervention, ongoing student assessment, and family involvement. This link to the RTI Action Network website provides information related to these components.


Planning and First Steps for RTI

This webinar provides examples of what planning is required before successfully implementing RTI, as well as the initial steps that should be taken when implementing RTI within schools. Examples illustrate how elementary schools have used RTI to address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. In addition, the webinar shares how elementary schools have resolved challenges such as revising schedules and reallocating personnel to provide interventions.

Video: How do I know if the RTI tools and interventions I am using are evidence-based?

This video, featuring Dr. Allison Gandi, Principal Researcher at the American Institutes for Research, discusses the definition of an evidence based practice and how to examine the research behind it.

What is RTI? The Essential Components

This link is to a Center on Response to Intervention webinar explaining the essential components of RTI, presented by Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey. This webinar runs approximately 26 minutes.