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Response-to-Intervention Resources for Teachers

RTI ResourcesThe National Center for Learning Disabilities’ (NCLD) RTI Action Network is dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in school districts nationwide. Their website, rtinetwork.org,  provides crucial materials to support RTI implementation, in addition to insightful articles from thought leaders in the field. Visit the content below to learn more.

What Is RTI? RTI is a multi-tiered approach to help struggling learners. Students' progress is closely monitored at each stage of intervention to determine the need for further research-based instruction and/or intervention in general education, in special education, or both. Read "What Is RTI?" for more information.

Position Statement on Determination of Specific Learning DisabilitiesNCLD’s Position Statement on Determination of Specific Learning Disabilities was created in response to the critical need for guidance on the development and implementation of effective and efficient policies and practices for the identification of students with specific learning disabilities. This position statement addresses key concerns and issues that have been expressed nationwide by educators and parents.  We encourage disseminating this information amongst your school community. Read the position statement

Identifying Learning Disabilities in the Context of Response to Intervention: A Hybrid ModelIn this article, Jack Fletcher of the University of Houston offers insights into how changes in IDEA 2004 affect the accuracy and utility of diagnostic decision making in the area of LD. Dr. Fletcher argues that RTI models are worth the effort required for implementation, as they advance identification of and intervention for learning disabilities by linking these two domains. Read "Identifying Learning Disabilities in the Context of Response to Intervention: A Hybrid Model."  

The Legal Dimension of RTI: Part 3This checklist is designed for a school district’s (or, conversely, a parent’s) assessment of the legal compliance of the district’s process for identification of students with specific learning disability (SLD) in terms of federal law. See the checklist on the legal dimension of RTI

The Legal Implications of RTI and Special Education IdentificationThe meeting of RTI innovations and the traditional child-find requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) has many scratching their heads over exactly how the rules fit into the modern intervention era. This article on the legal implications of RTI explores the fundamental child-find obligation of the IDEA in its present context.

Understanding the Modern Menu of Public Education Services for Struggling Learners: RTI Programs, Section 504, and Special EducationThe similarities and differences between programs and services provided under local RTI policies, Section 504, and special education programs under IDEA have become a source of confusion and misconception. This article by Jose Martin deftly explains the menu of services available today and how they intersect and stand on their own to support student success.

Examples of Effective RTI Use and Decision MakingThis three-part series of articles provides an overview of Response to Intervention (RTI) decision making, how-to RTI examples of decision making in reading, and how-to examples of RTI decision making in mathematics. Implementers who wish to obtain strong effects can use this overview part of the series to identify where implementation efforts can be tightened up for more accurate decision making and stronger learning effects.

How to Develop an Effective Tier 2 SystemA successful Tier 2 implementation requires a systems approach to coordinate the purpose, components, and key actions that help ensure success for the school and for the students. In this article on developing an effective Tier 2 system, Evelyn Johnson outlines such an approach based on her team’s work with an elementary school.

Teachers might also enjoy rtinetwork.org’s popular virtual visit videos (elementary, middle, and high school).