A Blueprint for Creating an RTI Program

Monday, June 3, 2013 -- Kristin Flynn

According to the National Center on Response to Intervention, “RTI is a prevention oriented approach to linking assessment and instruction that can inform educators’ decisions about how best to teach their students. A goal of RTI is to minimize the risk for long-term negative learning outcomes by responding quickly and efficiently to documented learning or behavioral problems and ensuring appropriate identification of students with disabilities.”  An effective RTI program most often includes:

  • A continuum of tiered interventions
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Differentiated instruction

But even if you believe in the potential for the RTI framework to help more of your students succeed, the difficulty can be the practical aspects of actually implementing and RTI program. Where do you even begin?

Our experience with RTI has led us to identify 10 key considerations in creating an effective program. These are:

  1. Screening
  2. Core instruction
  3. Current interventions in place
  4. Establishing intervention criteria
  5. Intervention delivery
  6. Your type of school
  7. Implementation model
  8. Funding sources
  9. Student population characteristics
  10. Supplementing or supplanting

We created An Educator’s Guide to RTI and Funding  that provides details on each of these considerations and can help you overcome RTI analysis paralysis and get started. To help you with RTI funding as well as funding for other programs, we've developed online resources to support you in program implementation and development. And visit our RTI page to learn more about our approach.

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