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Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.


The Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting educators in understanding and implementing the response to intervention (RTI) model. The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) has identified four stages in the implementation of evidence-based strategies such as RTI. The first stage is Exploration, and it involves consideration of the essential components of RTI models and the district or school's readiness to implement an RTI model with fidelity. During the second stage, Installation, a district or school selects an RTI model and works actively to put in place all of the supports necessary for implementing the essential components. These supports can include staff member training, policies, implementation guides, forms, assessments, instructional programs, and software. The third stage is Initial Implementation, and it involves implementing the essential components. Initial Implementation can involve just a few components or teachers, and then implementation expands over time. When the majority of teachers are implementing all components of RTI with fidelity, the district or school is in the fourth stage, called Full Implementation. This KnowledgeBase is geared primarily toward those in the Exploration and Installation stages, with some resources for those in the Initial Implementation stage.

Task 2: Measure Implementation Fidelity

Guideline: Teachers and other staff members involved in Response to Intervention (RTI) implementation should assess fidelity continually. This task includes resources that provide guidance to measure and monitor fidelity.


Fidelity of Implementation within an RTI Framework

This Center on Response to intervention webinar, led by Daryl Mellard, Ph.D., "provided background knowledge about fidelity and how it plays an integral role within the entire RTI framework at the school and classroom levels. The webinar included examples (in handouts) of how to assess fidelity, and discussed resources and tools that can be used for this purpose." This webinar runs 56 minutes. A transcript and supporting tools are provided.

Interventions in an RTI Model

This Center on Response to intervention webinar presented by Erica Lembke, Ph.D., focuses on fidelity of implementation of intervention. Dr. Lembke includes handouts that contain examples of fidelity support and monitoring tools for data-based decision making and intervention implementation. The webinar runs 57 minutes with a link to the handouts and a PDF version of the presentation.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.