Special Education Department > Links > Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention

RtI may be described as a model addressing the needs of all students through a continuum of services which provide: (1) high-quality instruction and scientific, researched-based, tiered intervention strategies aligned with individual student need; (2) frequent monitoring of student progress to make results-based academic or behavioral decisions; (3) data-based school improvement; and (4) the application of student response data to important educational decisions (such as those regarding placement, intervention, curriculum, and instructional goals and methodologies). 

The activities described above typically occur in the general education setting as schools assist struggling students. Local education agency (LEA) staff coordinate and collaborate in developing a process implementing this framework. Students who are suspected of having a disability should be referred for a full and individual evaluation. States and LEAs have an obligation and requirement under federal law (34 CFR § 300.111 Child Find) to ensure that evaluations of children suspected of having a disability are not delayed or denied because of implementation of an RtI strategy.

RTI-Web Based Resources

RtI Guidance Document

RTI Information for Parents