Reading difficulties impact students' achievement across all subject areas and can cause increasing challenges at higher grade levels. Recognizing when students are struggling with reading in the early grades allows teachers to provide the necessary support that will help them succeed in the long run. 

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a formal system of detection, prevention, and support designed to help struggling elementary 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 reading requires universal screening at the beginning and middle of the school year to identify potential reading problems, organized instruction that allows for progress monitoring and differentiated lessons based on students' skills and needs, and systemic skill instruction for students receiving intensive interventions. 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 Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades.

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Implementing Reading Interventions

Implementing Reading Interventions

Dr. Linan-Thompson describes the components of effective interventions and how English learners can benefit from additional teaching. She describes reading interventions that are typically Tier 2...

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06/20/2014
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Intensive Tier 3 Instruction

Intensive Tier 3 Instruction

In this expert interview, Dr. Dimino describes intensive Tier 3 interventions and discusses the importance of considering how to group students, pace lessons, and provide error correction and...

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06/20/2014
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Tier 2 Instructional Programs

Tier 2 Instructional Programs

Dr. Joeseph Dimino discusses the content, instructional focus, and structure of Tier 2 interventions. He presents the foundational reading skills appropriate at each grade level, describes explicit...

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06/20/2014
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Systematic Teaching in Tiers 2 and 3

Systematic Teaching in Tiers 2 and 3

This multimedia overview introduces the key elements of systematic instruction, describes explicit strategies teachers can use to help students master critical reading skills, and explains the...

Overview
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06/20/2014
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Progress Monitoring at Tier 2

Progress Monitoring at Tier 2

Dr. Connor discusses the importance of progress monitoring and data-driven decision making in tailoring Tier 2 instruction. She provides guidance on assessing foundational reading skills at each...

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06/20/2014
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Tier 1 Differentiation

Tier 1 Differentiation

Watch Dr. Carol McDonald Connor talk about differentiated instruction methods at Tier 1. She explains how teachers can group students according to learning needs during regular instruction and what...

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06/20/2014
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Using Data to Differentiate Instruction

Using Data to Differentiate Instruction

This multimedia overview explains the importance of progress monitoring as a tool to guide differentiated instruction. It shows how data from reading proficiency assessments can be used to adapt...

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06/20/2014
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Implementing a Screening Program

Implementing a Screening Program

Dr. Compton outlines the components of a schoolwide screening system and gives an example of how a school might implement a universal screening program. He provides details about how schools can...

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06/20/2014
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Screening All Students

Screening All Students

In this interview, Dr. Donald Compton explains the purpose of universal screening, describes how it fits into a multi-tiered intervention system, and discusses using screening to identify students...

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06/20/2014
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Universal Screening for All Students

Universal Screening for All Students

This multimedia overview explains the value of universal screening, describes the recommended components of an effective screening system, and provides information on establishing benchmarks and...

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06/20/2014
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Screening Tools Chart

This chart from the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) identifies screening tools by content area and rates each tool based on classification accuracy, generalizability,...

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06/20/2014
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RtI Readiness Self-Assessment Tool for Elementary Schools

Download this self-assessment tool, which was designed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to help elementary schools and districts determine their next steps in implementing the state's...

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