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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 the Research Supporting Universal Screening

Guideline: Being aware of evidence-based research supporting universal screening is necessary to screen students effectively. Possessing this understanding may help to assure accurate screening results. This task provides information on such research.



Guide: Educational Practices Supported By Rigorous Evidence

This U.S. Department of Education guide offers "tools to educational practitioners that help distinguish practices supported by rigorous evidence from those that are not."

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Best Evidence Encyclopedia

This link is to the Best Evidence Encyclopedia website. As noted at its website, "The Best Evidence Encyclopedia is a free web site created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE) under funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to give educators and researchers fair and useful information about the strength of the evidence supporting a variety of programs available for students in grades K-12."

Best Practice for RTI: Universal Screening

This link is to a summary of the What Works Clearing House 2009 findings related to best practices for universal screening.

Universal Screening Within a Response-to-Intervention Model

This RTI Action Network article, authored by Penn State University's Charles Hughes, Ph.D., and Douglas D. Dexter, Ph.D., provides an overview of universal screening.