The response to intervention (RTI) process is a type of Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for providing services and interventions to struggling learners at increasing levels of intensity. It includes:
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. An RTI process cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation for eligibility under IDEA. (See this U.S. Department of Education memo [PDF].)
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can play a number of important roles [PDF] in using RTI to identify children with disabilities and provide needed instruction to struggling students in general and special education settings. These roles include:
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.
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 ASHA's former Director of School Services, Deborah Dixon, for more information on the product.
Responsiveness to Intervention and Learning Disabilities
A toolkit providing best practice related to an RTI-based specific learning disability identification process.
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 Tennessee State Improvement Grant, announces four online modules on response to intervention (RTI).
LD OnLine offers accurate and up-to-date information about learning disabilities and RTI.
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.