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 Research on Secondary Level RTI
Guideline: Though there is very little research on Response to Intervention (RTI) 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. Understanding this limited research base will provide practitioners with a foundation upon which to make future decisions regarding implementation of RTI in their schools.
This 2011 Education Week 'Spotlight on Response to Intervention' Journal examines the roles RTI plays in boosting student achievement, guiding implementation of common core standards, and the related challenges of allocating funding to support district-wide implementation.
This brief from the former National High School Center describes the RTI model and outlines a three-tiered approach. It includes implications for RTI at the high school level and resources for implementation.
This policy brief from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders provides an overview of the preparation of middle and high school teachers to use RTI applications.
This link to the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities website provides information on a research project on remediation (Project III). As noted at its website, "Project III involves a study of multi-tiered instruction and intensive intervention with students in Austin-area and Houston middle schools who do not respond to enhanced reading instruction (moderate intervention)." Presentations and articles reporting the research results can be accessed from this website.
As noted at the former Center on Instruction website, "This collaborative report from the Center on Instruction, the National High School Center, and the National Center on Response to Intervention, summarizes what the High School Tiered Interventions Initiative (HSTII) has learned about effective implementation of RTI in high schools."
The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.