Archive for the ‘Response to Intervention’ Category

The High School Tiered Interventions Initiative (HSTII), a collaborative effort between the National High School Center, the Center on Instruction, and the National Center on Response to Intervention, has released a new report, Tiered Interventions in High Schools: Using Preliminary ‘Lessons Learned’ to Guide Ongoing Discussion. This new report summarizes what HSTII has learned about effective implementation of RTI in high schools. Contextual factors such as instructional organization, school culture, focus, and staff roles can vary greatly and can affect the implementation of RTI at the high school level. HSTII has provided information for regional comprehensive centers, state education agencies, districts, and schools on these contextual factors and how to apply the RTI framework within the context of high schools.

Throughout the report, the authors bring attention to the variety of contextual factors within their eight participating schools. HSTII provides information and guidance for the practitioner, based on the experience of other practitioners and supported by research. Tiered Interventions also is not and does not claim to be an implementation guide for the RTI framework in general or specifically within high schools.

How can we identify tools, and specific steps that are evidence-based, or support research to develop this next big step in implementing RTI in high schools? These questions, which are of particular concern within the context of high schools, will have to be answered going forward.

The National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) has released a new resource, Essential Components of RTI – A Closer Look at Response to Intervention, to help states and districts that are planning response to intervention (RTI) efforts. The new brief provides research- and evidence-based guidance on planning and implementing a comprehensive RTI framework. NCRTI provides a working definition of RTI and discusses the essential components of RTI. The brief also includes a frequently asked questions section as well as relevant embedded questions within the narrative.

What hurdles have you experienced in implementing RTI? What successes have you experienced? What information or assistance would help you overcome these hurdles or improve upon your successes?