Implementation & Evaluation

This collection of resources provides information about RTI implementation, implementing RTI with fidelity, and evaluating your RTI framework. As a result of revisions to the website, links embedded within documents may no longer be correct. To ensure you are able to access supplemental or related materials search by the title of the document on the website.

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A guidance document provides an overview and an explanation of the core components of Response to Intervention (RTI) for a state, district, or school. In other words, it describes what RTI is and what it is not. The guidance document is not a substitute for training and should not be viewed as the only step in implementation; however, creating a guidance document is critical in supporting schools’ or districts’ understanding and implementation of RTI. This tool addresses frequently asked questions about guidance documents and includes a template to help states, districts, and schools develop their own documents.

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This module is designed to help participants plan effective and appropriate professional development based on research, data, and best practices. Through the module participants will increase their understanding of the necessary considerations for developing a professional development plan, increase awareness of available professional development tools, and draft a professional development plan.

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This two part rubric and worksheet is for use by individuals responsible for monitoring (1) district level capacity to support response to intervention (RTI) implementation and (2) district-wide fidelity of RTI implementation. The purpose of this worksheet is to provide a framework for collecting relevant information and for recording a district’s rating on various items related to district capacity to support district-wide implementation of RTI and the fidelity of RTI implementation.

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In this webinar, Dr. Amy Elledge discusses the RTI Essential Components Integrity Rubric and Worksheet. She describes how they can be used to monitor school-level fidelity of RTI and as a self-appraisal evaluation to identify areas to target professional development and resources. The webinar also gives examples from schools and districts who have utilized the tools to measure their fidelity to RTI.

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The RTI Fidelity of Implementation Rubric and the RTI Essential Components Worksheet are for use by individuals responsible for monitoring the school-level fidelity of RTI implementation. They may also be used by schools for self-appraisal evaluation; however, they were not designed for compliance monitoring and therefore should not be used for this purpose. The rubric and the worksheet are designed to be used together and are aligned with the essential components of RTI.

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This resource provides a definition of RTI, reviews essential RTI components (screening, progress monitoring, the multi-level prevention system, and data-based decision making), and responds to frequently asked questions about implementing RTI. This document lays out four essential components of RTI: a school-wide, multi-level instructional and behavioral system for preventing school failure; screening; progress monitoring; and data-based decision making for instruction, movement within the multi-level system, and disability identification (in accordance with state law).

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Watch and listen as Dr. Evelyn Johnson addresses this question.

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The learning modules provides an overview of evidence-based practices in implementing RTI from schools in the earliest stages of adoption to those that have been implementing for years and are continuously refining their process. It provides guidance about how to avoid common implementation pitfalls, highlights the importance of implementing with fidelity, using data to inform decision making at each implementation stage, and evaluating the effectivness of the yout RTI framework.

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This learning module focuses on developing a basic understanding of response to intervention (RTI) and the essential components of an RTI model. It provides the Centers definition of RTI and an overview of screening, progress monitoring, multi-level prevention system, and data-based decision making.

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Using the latest research from implementation science, the Implementing RTI training module illustrates how using effective implementation strategies are critical for successful RTI outcomes and provides guidance for districts and schools at any stage of implementation. The module provides advice on how to avoid common implementation pitfalls, highlights the importance of implementing with fidelity, using data to inform decision making at each implementation stage, and evaluating your RTI framework.

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This webinar, led by Dr. Daryl Mellard, provides background knowledge about fidelity and how it plays an integral role within the entire RTI framework at the school and classroom levels. The webinar includes examples of how to assess fidelity, and discusses resources and tools that can be used for this purpose.

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This webinar provides examples of what planning is required before successfully implementing RTI, as well as the initial steps that should be taken when implementing RTI within schools. Examples illustrate how elementary schools have used RTI to address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. In addition, the webinar shares how elementary schools have resolved challenges such as revising schedules and reallocating personnel to provide interventions.

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In this webinar, Dr. Edward Shapiro provides a description of the process the Monitoring the Progress of Pennsylvania's Pupils (MP3) project used to diagnose schools' readiness to implement RTI and assess their professional development needs. In addition, this webinar discusses the professional development provided by MP3 to the schools and describes the project's initial findings.

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This document provides written responses from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) on the use of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds for the implementation of RTI and answers eight commonly asked questions on funding RTI.

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In this webinar, Dr. Rob Horner describes the implementation of school-wide systems of early literacy and behavior support, which have been successfully used in over 10,000 elementary and middle schools. He presents data on the impact of investing in preventive behavior support on both social and literacy outcomes. The webinar also discusses core features of tiered behavioral intervention systems as well as examples of strategies and implementation in elementary and middle schools.

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This training module was developed for teams implementing a response to intervention (RTI) framework at the middle school level. This module shares information about RTI implementation, essential components, practices, and considerations at the middle school level.

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Planning, developing, implementing, and sustaining organizational change, such as RTI, in middle schools is a complex endeavor. This brief is designed to give guidance to practitioners at the school, district, and state levels based on the implementation activities of middle school practitioners across the country.

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In this webinar, Dr. Alexandra Hilt-Panahon and Dr. Karen Gischlar offer recommendations for efficient, effective, and sustainable schedules. It also addressed issues related to the development of effective schedules for the implementation of RTI at the elementary level, including the scheduling of core instruction, intervention time, team meetings, and planning. 

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Pilot sites often play an important part in effective RTI implementation. The information brief, RTI Pilot Site Selection: Things to Consider, guides teams through the steps of developing an RTI pilot site selection process. It provides team facilitators discussion questions that they can use to help teams examine their priorities, evaluation strategies, resources, and possible selection processes.