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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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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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 reading and special...

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06/23/2014
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Learning Together About Implementing Response to Intervention in Reading

This blueprint for a professional development activity is designed to engage K-2 teachers in discussions of common issues that arise in planning and implementing a Response to Intervention...

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06/23/2014
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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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06/23/2014
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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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06/23/2014
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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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06/23/2014
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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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06/23/2014
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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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06/23/2014
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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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06/23/2014
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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...

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06/23/2014
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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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06/23/2014
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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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