Implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) is a process that requires thought, purposeful planning, and continuous evaluation and refinement. Using implementation science and lessons learned from working with states and districts, the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) presents RTI implementation through four stages.
During the Exploring and Adopting stage, sites 1) assess the needs of the site, 2) gather information about the RTI framework, 3) determine if there is a match between the needs of the site and expected outcomes of RTI, and 4) achieve a consensus among key stakeholders to put RTI into place.
The second stage of implementation is the planning stage, in which sites prepare for implementation. During this phase of implementation, effective use of data is central to the development of the action plan and in obtaining measureable benchmarks of progress.
Full operation of RTI occurs when the RTI framework is embraced by practitioners and integrated into all schools and classrooms with integrity. RTI at this stage is “business as usual” and has become woven into the culture of the school. In addition, staff is skilled in data-based decision-making, instruction is evidence-based and culturally responsive, administrators and leaders support and facilitate new practices, procedures and processes are routine, community members understand and accept the framework, and expected outcomes are clear.
This stage ensures that the RTI framework remains relevant to the needs of the district and schools. During this stage, sites evaluate their progress, adjust practices based on the evaluation and monitor changes to ensure sustainability of RTI.