Overview of Response to Intervention Work

Overview of IDEA Partnership Collaborative Work on RTI Collection

The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining federal investments, state agencies, national organizations and local stakeholders in shared work and learning. This dedication is evident in this collaborative work on RTI. Sixty five individuals representing state, local and family perspectives have crafted this Collection for your use. Members of this Response to Intervention collaborative work group represent a range of roles at all levels of the education system as well as coming from geographic locations from across the United States. Together with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), these partners form a community with the potential to transform the way we work.The IDEA Partnership RTI Collection was updated and expanded February 2010.

Response to Intervention is the practice of providing high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs and using learning rate over time and level of performance to inform educational decision-making. RTI provides an improved process and structure for school teams to design, implement, and evaluate both daily instruction and specific interventions. Some elements of RTI have been used informally in practice for many years with varying degrees of success.

RTI is a process that focuses on every student achieving to high levels. RTI implementation reaches students of diverse backgrounds including English language learners, children of low socio-economic status, minority students, those struggling with social/emotional/behavioral issues, students with special needs, and gifted and talented students. Improving outcomes for all students has the potential to result in overall school improvement. Some of the same tools used within a Response to Intervention approach may be used to measure school improvement and accountability under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In addition to impacting educational outcomes for struggling students, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 provides states and districts the opportunity to use a "process of responsiveness to intervention" as part of the specific learning disability evaluation process. The tools are designed to guide both your tour through this site and provide ideas for application and resources:

Response to Intervention Collection: Tools

Dialogue Guides for the RTI Collection:

Foundational Dialogue

Extension Dialogue