Response to Intervention

Response to intervention integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems. With RTI, schools identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities.

---- National Center on Response to Intervention

The American Institutes for Research and researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas -- through funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) -- have established the National Center on response to intervention. The Center’s mission is to provide technical assistance to states and districts and building the capacity of states to assist districts in implementing proven models for RTI/EIS. On the center’s website in the “Resources” section there are several training modules and links to expert interviews. In the “Tools/ Interventions” section you can find reviews of tools and interventions in the following three domains: Progress Monitoring, Screening, and Instructional Programs.


Intervention Central provides teachers, schools and districts with free articles and tools to successfully implement RTI. The site was created by Jim Wright, an RTI consultant and trainer from Central New York who has worked for 17 years in public schools as a school psychologist and administrator. With many school districts across the nation now facing budget constraints, the purpose of the website is to provide free RTI resources.


IRIS Modules

IRIS center at Vanderbilt University has developed a series of web-based interactive modules to provide information on RTI and how it can be implemented in the classrooms.

This module provides an overview of the RTI approach.

This module focuses on the assessment process at each Tier in RTI and shows how to interpret the assessment data to make informed instructional and placement decisions.

This module provides information on the five components of reading instruction and shows how to implement high-quality reading instruction using the RTI approach.

This module discusses the fundamental elements that support the successful RTI implementation and shows how to coordinate assessment procedures and high-quality reading instruction within the RTI framework.

This module focuses on the elements of Tier 3 interventions. It provides information on how to identify students who need Tier 3 interventions and how to implement assessments and interventions at the Tier 3 level.