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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The Power of Data

The Power of Data

An experienced principal talks about the significance of data for planning instruction, importance of using grade-level common assessments to enable staff collaboration, and the role of...

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06/03/2014
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Data Team Meeting: Grade 5 Math Review

Data Team Meeting: Grade 5 Math Review

A team of teachers reviews data from assessments to determine how to address areas of weakness and updates the progress of a student receiving intervention. School teams used the RtI Data Analysis...

School Example
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06/03/2014
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Monitoring Student Progress

Monitoring Student Progress

After demonstrating a math lesson on fact fluency and the relationships among whole numbers, a first-grade teacher describes progress monitoring and how she uses the results for reteaching and...

School Example
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06/03/2014
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How RtI Changes Special Education

How RtI Changes Special Education

Dr. Tilly traces some of the major changes that have occurred in special education practice in Iowa as a result of RtI implementation. He describes the RtI influence on the process of diagnosing...

Expert Interview
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06/03/2014
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The Phases of RtI Implementation

The Phases of RtI Implementation

Dave Tilly shares lessons from the experiences of several decades providing technical assistance to help districts and schools in Iowa implement RtI frameworks. He describes the activities at three...

Expert Interview
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06/02/2014
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Response to Intervention: Framework in Math

Response to Intervention: Framework in Math

Watch this brief multimedia overview to learn how Response to Intervention (RtI) systems are designed to identify students potentially at risk in mathematics and then provide them with the support...

Overview
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06/02/2014
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Visual Representations

Visual Representations

Dr. Witzel provides examples of each stage of the concrete-representational-abstract teaching sequence, with special attention to visual representation. He shows several types of representation,...

Expert Interview
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06/02/2014
1057 views
Explicit Instruction

Explicit Instruction

Dr. Witzel describes the components of explicit instruction, including modeling and demonstration, guiding and scaffolding practice, providing independent practice, and providing meaningful...

Expert Interview
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06/02/2014
529 views
The Instructional Process in Interventions

The Instructional Process in Interventions

The multimedia overview discusses characteristics of effective Tier 2 and Tier 3 instruction, offering examples of systematic and explicit instruction, guided practice, and feedback. It also...

Overview
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06/02/2014
686 views
Word Problems

Word Problems

In this interview, Dr. Beckmann emphasizes the importance of teaching students to recognize the underlying structure of word problems. She provides examples of problem structures and discusses why...

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06/02/2014
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Math Content for Struggling Students

Math Content for Struggling Students

Dr. Beckmann describes the mathematics objectives that Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions should focus on in the primary, intermediate, and middle grades. She emphasizes building students’ math...

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06/02/2014
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The Content of Math Interventions

The Content of Math Interventions

This multimedia overview explores the content focus of Tier 2 and Tier 3 math interventions and recommends an approach to solving word problems based on underlying structures rather than key words....

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06/02/2014
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