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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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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Planning a Data Day

RtI school and district leadership teams can use this tool to discuss whether or not a “data day” is appropriate for their situation or use the questions to plan a data review process more suited...

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06/05/2014
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School Self-Assessment: Implementing RtI Components

This self-assessment tool can be used by principals at schools that are already implementing RtI to refine and improve schoolwide practices. Principals should work with mathematics and special...

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06/05/2014
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Learning Together About Implementing Response to Intervention in Math

This blueprint for a professional development activity is designed to engage kindergarten through grade 8 teachers of mathematics in discussions of common issues that arise in planning and...

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06/05/2014
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RtI Parent Guides

Materials from two states are included in this resource. Pennsylvania schools provide parents with a guide that describes the RtI framework and components. Oregon schools provide a parent brochure...

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06/04/2014
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Progress Monitoring Training Plan

This training plan was included in a presentation on Pennsylvania's statewide progress monitoring initiative. It shows a plan for training staff on the principles of progress monitoring and a...

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06/04/2014
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RtI Comprehensive Evaluation Tool

Colorado schools use this tool to evaluate RtI components that are already in place and to identify continuing needs in key RtI areas such as leadership, curriculum and instruction, problem solving...

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06/04/2014
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Professional Development Continuum

This professional development tool from Colorado shows a training continuum for RtI components starting at a beginning level and proceeding through an advanced level for administrators and staff....

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06/04/2014
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Funding Considerations for Implementing RtI

RtI funding is available from a variety of existing resources. This guide from the Pennsylvania Department of Education provides a short description of potential funding sources and the RtI...

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06/04/2014
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Scaling-Up Instruction and Technical Assistance Briefs

The State Implementation of Scaling-Up Evidence-Based Practices (SISEP) Center briefs help build state capacity for scaling up education practices. The first provides a framework for state...

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06/04/2014
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Powerful RtI Training Experiences

Powerful RtI Training Experiences

Wendy Robinson coordinates Heartland AEA's Instructional Decision Making project. She describes training experiences that are effective for communication, allocating intervention resources, and...

School Example
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06/04/2014
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Principal’s Role in Instructional Decision Making

Principal’s Role in Instructional Decision Making

Principal Deb Chiodo from Cornell Elementary School describes her development as an instructional leader through the use of RtI. Systematic and regular grade-level meetings are the heart of the...

School Example
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06/04/2014
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