The successes that elementary and middle schools have had by implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies aren't a given in secondary classrooms. This blog post explains why the approach to high school RTI needs to be different.
Too often, RTI in high school seems to be thought of as activities for students with documented learning or other disabilities. But many students who need help do not need special education services, and schools must answer these needs. This article discusses how RTI is different in high school, the role of "prevention," and the use of "discrepancy formulas." It dispels common RTI myths and outlines current challenges.
This scholarly article provides a solid framework for understanding RTI. It covers primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies and it explains the difference between evidence-based and research-based curricula. The organization that publishes this article, The Center on Response to Intervention, has numerous other articles, webinars, and other tools designed to provide a theoretical foundation for the entire initiative.
In clear, easy-to-understand language, this blog post explains the impact of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2002 and how the "flexibility plans" of RTI meet this need. Understanding this context makes it easier for educators to value RTI initiatives.
A research report from the National High School Center of the American Institutes for Research that discusses three different approaches to RTI at three different high schools in Colorado. It discusses the six components of RTI that the state identified as essential, how the three schools implemented RTI, and what results were found after three years.
This website provides countless tools for RTI designed by the state of Florida. Although it does contain some theoretical background, this site's advantage is the numerous actual worksheets and tools that educators can apply directly. Unlike many other websites on the topic that are general in nature, the tools provided here actually include RTI resources for specific content areas.
It's one thing to learn a lot about RTI. It's quite another to actually put an RTI initiative into action. This website from the RTI Action Network provides a series of articles that describe the various steps in implementing an RTI strategy once the plan for doing so is developed.