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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RtI Reading Planning Template #3

Technical assistance providers and others who work directly with state education agencies will find strategies in this planning template to facilitate conversations with state staff about setting a...

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06/20/2014
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RtI Reading Planning Template #2

State-level staff, including school improvement team members, who work directly with local education agencies (districts) will find ideas in this template for translating the recommendations from...

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06/20/2014
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RtI Reading Planning Template #1

District staff who work with school administrators and reading staff in their districts, such as curriculum leaders, can use this template to work through a comprehensive set of options that can be...

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06/20/2014
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Issues, Challenges, Lessons

Issues, Challenges, Lessons

Dr. Gersten and Dr. Vaughn discuss some issues and challenges that have arisen as states and districts implement Response to Intervention (RtI) systems, including changes in staff roles and...

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06/20/2014
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Response to Intervention in Primary Grade Reading

Response to Intervention in Primary Grade Reading

This multimedia overview explains why states and districts are turning to Response to Intervention (RtI) systems described, including the three instructional tiers and components that are common to...

Overview
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06/20/2014
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Visual Diagram: Response to Intervention—Reading

Visual Diagram: Response to Intervention—Reading

The visual diagram illustrates three essential practices (universal screening, progress monitoring and differentiation, and systematic skill instruction) based on the recommendations in the...

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06/20/2014
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Evolution of Response to Intervention

Evolution of Response to Intervention

Dr. Gersten and Dr. Vaughn, who have long worked in research related to Response to Intervention (RtI), share their ideas about why RtI has spread rapidly as a solution to helping struggling...

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04/17/2014
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