Implementing RTI2 with older students

Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher explain how to deliver a multi-tiered system of intervention effectively

THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF EVIDENCE about effective interventions for younger children, especially in the areas of basic literacy skills and mathematics knowledge. However, much less is known about effective systems of intervention for older students.

Multi-tiered ‘Response to Intervention’ (RTI) systems have the potential to support older students who are struggling. RTI models usually consist of three tiers of teaching, with core Tier 1 teaching for all children, Tier 2 support for students falling below their expected level, and Tier 3 support for those at high risk of academic failure.

What we know
● RTI systems have the potential to support older children who are struggling.
● At least 75% of RTI2 students should experience success in Tier 1, core teaching.
● Universal screening at the beginning of the school year should identify children who might need supplemental or intensive interventions immediately.
● The progress of all students should be monitored across a range of subjects, not just reading and mathematics.

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October 2013