Response to Intervention (RTI)

What is Response to Intervention?

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a method for the early identification and support of students who are having difficulty learning. RTI was formed as a result of the Reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA requires that school districts nationwide reduce the number of special education placements.

The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction for all children in the general education classroom. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity (called tiers) to accelerate their rate of learning.

RTI implementation plans require the following elements:

  • High-quality, scientifically based classroom instruction
  • Ongoing student assessment of progress
  • Increasing tiers of instruction, offering specific, research-based interventions matched to student needs


School districts are allowed to use up to 15 percent of their Part B funding for Early Intervention services to support students who struggle academically or behaviorally in a general education environment, but who have not been identified for special education.

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What solutions does Pioneer Valley Books offer for RTI?

Our RTI programs are research-based and designed to help students who are struggling to learn to read.

  • Literacy Wings is an early intervention program designed for either a Tier II or Tier III literacy intervention plan. Daily, intensive lessons are designed for small groups of K-3 students. A DVD with professional development training and daily assessments to monitor student progress is part of the program.
  • The Pawprints Collection is a research-based collection that includes student books, instructional Guided Reading and phonics lesson cards, strategic prompting cards, and downloadable student and teacher resources. These lessons can be used as part of a Tier I or Tier II intervention plan.
  • Pioneer Valley Books literacy consultants provide on-site, research-based, professional development. Expert early intervention trainers provide one-day or multi-day workshop trainings, demonstrations, and coaching. Call 888-482-3906 for more information.