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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 1: Learn about Continuous Improvement and Fidelity

Guideline:  Educators should continually analyze fidelity data to improve and refine implementation of instruction and data-based decision making. This task involves understanding how to engage in the continual improvement process using fidelity data.


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Monitor RTI Implementation to Sustain Implementation Momentum

This RTI Action Network blog entry, written by Bob Heimbaugh, offers a short list of what the author recommends should be monitored when implementing the RTI process in a school.  Further, the monitoring of the RTI process, across multiple levels and domains, is one of the major components of RTI implementation. If it is done well, schools will make informed decisions and adjustments that continually improve the school. If it is not done well, schools will struggle with implementation. The author suggests to take some time and look at the program in your school and ask yourself, “Are we monitoring our effectiveness?” The author answers, "If you are monitoring your effectiveness, great. If not, take some time and develop a process for monitoring the important components of RTI implementation."