Using a Response to Intervention (RTI) Framework to Improve Student Learning

This guide explains how leaders can use a research-based framework for response to intervention (RTI) to improve learning for all students. The majority of states have some form of RTI initiative in place already. This guide can help states leverage existing initiatives to support the statewide school improvement efforts spelled out in their ESEA flexibility plans. Using a Response to Intervention (RTI) Framework to Improve Student Learning is designed to help state and local policymakers and practitioners implement ESEA flexibility plans. The Pocket Guide includes:

  • a description of the essential components of RTI; 
  • requirements for Principle 2 in the application for building state, district, and school capacity to improve learning in all schools—particularly low-performing schools and those with the largest achievement gaps;
  • discussion of how applications of a research-based RTI framework address Principle 2 in approved plans; and 
  • considerations (based on rigorous research) for the implementation of RTI frameworks to address the proposed reforms.