Response to Intervention (RTI)

What is Response to Intervention?

The response to intervention (RTI) process is a multitiered approach to providing services and interventions to struggling learners at increasing levels of intensity. It involves universal screening, high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, frequent progress monitoring, and the use of child response data to make educational decisions. RTI should be used for making decisions about general, compensatory, and special education, creating a well-integrated and seamless system of instruction and intervention guided by child outcome data.

New Roles in Response to Intervention: Creating Success for Schools and Children: A Collection of Fact Sheets [PDF]
The International Reading Association (IRA) convened a group from the special education and regular education associations to craft a set of fact sheets on the roles of the various professionals and parents who are involved in implementing response-to-intervention (RTI) procedures. The outcome of that effort is a collective set of papers that represent each organization's distinctive constituency and viewpoint regarding RTI. ASHA was part of that collaboration, and developed a resource entitled "Responsiveness to Intervention: New Roles for Speech-Language Pathologists." The full compilation of papers can serve as a helpful resource to SLPs as they work with their colleagues and administrators in developing and implementing RTI programs in their districts.

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can play a number of important roles in using RTI to identify children with disabilities and provide needed instruction to struggling students in general and special education settings. Read about the challenges and opportunities of the RTI model.

Response to Intervention in IDEA '04

Frequently Asked Questions for SLPs

Barbara Ehren and Maureen Staskowski offer expert answers your questions about the role of SLPs in RTI [PDF] in this RTI Talk produced by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). You will learn tips and effective ways to engage in assessment and intervention activities based on lessons learned working with SLPs in local schools.

Response to Intervention in Preschool

Related Resources and Organizations

RTI in Action: Oral Language Activities for K–2 Classrooms
A practical response to intervention (RTI) activity book with a focus on oral language.

RTI in Action: Grades 3–5: Oral and Written Language Activities for the Common Core State Standards
This book and accompanying CD provide background, activities and resources to in corporate the CCSS into your work with students.
Watch this interview with Deborah Dixon, ASHA's Director of School Services for more information on the product.

Responsiveness to Intervention and Learning Disabilities [PDF]
A report prepared by the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) representing eleven national and international organizations. June 2005.

Role of the SLP in the Tiers of RTI [PDF]

U.S. Department of Education memo—A RTI process cannot be used to delay-deny an evaluation for eligiblity under IDEA [PDF].

What You Need to Know About IDEA 2004: Responsiveness to Intervention

The IRIS Center, in collaboration with the Tennessee State Board of Education and the TN State Improvement Grant, announces four online modules on response to intervention (RTI).

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International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Journal - Perspectives
This special conference edition journal from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) focuses on the topic of Response to Intervention (RTI). These articles are presented in PDF format. Perspectives is published quarterly as a free membership benefit of IDA. Non-members may subscribe to receive Perspectives at an annual subscription rate of $60 (North America).

LD Online
LD OnLine offers accurate and up-to-date information about learning disabilities and related issues. Learn more about LD and what you can do to help children achieve their full potential.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. NCLD has recently developed the RTI Action Network to assist professionals and parents understand and navigate the RTI process.

International Reading Association (IRA)

National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)

National Center on RTI

National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD)

Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports

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