It can be difficult for students to catch up once they've fallen behind in math. Early struggles in math can lead to greater challenges as the topics and concepts become more complex.

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a formal system of detection, prevention, and support designed to help struggling elementary and middle school students before they fall behind. RtI begins with high-quality classroom instruction and provides targeted, intensive interventions to students who struggle with specific skills or concepts.

In order to be effective, RtI in math requires universal screening and monitoring of all students to identify potential difficulties and track progress, a focus on building students' understanding of arithmetic foundations through interventions, and intentional teaching that encourages and motivates students. The training and support for proper engagement of these strategies needs to come from a systemwide RtI Implementation framework.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools.

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RtI Implementation Self Report

This form gives Pennsylvania schools a structure for reporting the status of RtI implementation across ten effectiveness indicators. Indicators represent key areas of the state's RtI framework. In...

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06/04/2014
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Charting the Path

Charting the Path

Principal Bobbie Lamond explains her role in the school's evolution of RtI. The sample material, RtI Implementation Self Report, is used to chart school progress. She also discusses the grade-level...

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06/04/2014
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District Implementation Tracking Plan

The Oregon RTI Project uses this resource with districts preparing to implement RtI. It focuses on key systems requirements, staff development, special education policies, and district capacity to...

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06/04/2014
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RtI Training for School Districts

RtI Training for School Districts

Erin Lolich, an administrator in the Tigard-Tualatin School District and the director of professional development in RtI for 32 school districts, describes the types of training, coaching, and...

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06/04/2014
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Lessons From Iowa About RtI

Lessons From Iowa About RtI

Lana Michelson, chief of Iowa's Bureau of Student and Family Support Services, and Eric Neessen, consultant for School Psychological Services, discuss Instructional Decision Making (IDM). IDM is a...

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06/04/2014
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Setting the Stage for RtI Implementation

Setting the Stage for RtI Implementation

Joy Eichelberger, Pennsylvania's RtI State Lead and Director of Intervention Services for regional provider Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), describes the state's...

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06/04/2014
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RtI Readiness Self-Assessment Tool for Elementary Schools

The Pennsylvania self-assessment helps schools/districts determine next steps in implementing an RtI framework. The tool assesses ten readiness categories, such as data-based decision making,...

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06/04/2014
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State Leadership: Building an RtI System

State Leadership: Building an RtI System

Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Gerald Zahorchak, describes how Response to Intervention has served to align the state's reform and improvement framework. In Pennsylvania, RtI is known as RtII...

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06/04/2014
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Planning for Visual Representations

Interventionists can use this planner to develop lessons for Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions that include visual representations as well as other features of explicit instruction. Related Media...

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06/04/2014
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Intentional Teaching Observation and Feedback

Coaches and professional developers can use this observation tool to focus observations of interventionists and structure discussions during feedback conferences. Related Media: Explicit...

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06/04/2014
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Learning Together About Visual Representations

Math coaches and specialists can use this tool to help elementary and middle school interventionists and tutors learn about the use of visual representations in mathematics. The tool details how to...

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06/04/2014
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Teaching Students Math Problem-Solving Through Graphic Representations

In this article, the author provides many examples of the use of different types of visualizations to teach mathematics concepts. Examples of visual representations are linked to solving word...

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