Response to Intervention Word Cloud

Response to Intervention (RTI)

Response to Intervention practice of using high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs and using learning rate over time and level of performance to inform educational decision-making (The IDEA Partnership, 2009)

Response to Intervention is a process whereby students' progress is monitored continuously in an effort to maximize student success and reduce behavior problems. Schools use a multi-level prevention system to target students who need additional support and provide more intensive services for students who do not make progress. RTI can be implemented at any level of schooling, although it is most commonly used in elementary schools focused on students' progress in reading.

Teachers can use the principles of Universal Design for Learning and implement the use of free technology tools to provide universal interventions for all students.

RTI diagram with Levels of Support

In the response to intervention model the majority of students are instructed at Level 1. At this level we can implement the use of free tools for reading, writing and mathematics to provide supports for all students. At this level most students should not need access to "assistive technology" as they would have access to any tools they needed to make progress. These tools could include text-to-speech, spell checking, on screen calculators, electronic books, graphic organizers and other tools needed to create universally designed instruction.

A few students with physical, visual or hearing difficulties would be provided those devices needed to provide them access to the learning environments.

Links for more information Response to Intervention

National Center on Response to Intervention

RTI Network

National Center on Progress
Presentations, notes and materials to support classroom progress monitoring

Response to Intervention and Positive Behavior Support

Intervention Central
Tools to address positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all students. Detailed information on curriculum based measurement and ideas for implementing response to intervention.

For more information on Progress Monitoring view the information on the Progress Monitoring Page.