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.

One Response to “New Resource! Tiered Interventions in High School”

  • Lou Danielson:

    As one of the authors of the report, I want to mention that our observations are based on a relatively small sample of high schools. However, all of us who are part of the HSTII have presented these results to multiple audiences, including many practitioners, and our sense is that folks agree with our perceptions. What has been most striking to me with this work is how different RTI looks at the high school level, even though the RTI framework does generalize very well to the high school setting. The interest in RTI at the High School level seems to be quite high and is also increasing. Personally, I see this as a really exciting possibility. It is really critical that we continue to document and learn from the experiences of high schools who are just beginning to implement RTI and also from schools that are further along.

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