Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a prevention and intervention system that is applied to any student if she/he starts to fall behind in school. Intensity of intervention increases as a student continues to struggle. It is a general education system that should be employed prior to a special education referral. Click on the links below to learn more.

Regulatory Information about RtI

Read the April 2008 memo from James P. DeLorenzo and Jean Stevens "...encourage[s] all school districts in New York State (NYS) to take timely actions to implement response to intervention (RtI) programs in its schools.

A presentation that describes some of the implications of the regulations can be found at

General Information about RtI

IRISCenter for Training Enhancement:
The IRIS Center aims to provide high-quality resources for faculty and professional development providers. It provides free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. All materials are freely available for use and may be printed without permission.

The National Center on Response to Intervention:
This center's mission is to provide technical assistance and dissemination about proven and promising models for RTI. The Center will work in four areas: knowledge production, implementation supports, information dissemination, and formative evaluation.

The New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center:
The New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center (NYS RtI-TAC) is supported by a 5-year contract with the New York State Education Department, Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities. Our mission is to support capacity-building efforts of NYS schools to implement proven and promising practices within a Response to Intervention model. This website is designed to provide resources and tools to educators and families regarding effective RtI practices. Please consider this website a work in progress that will continue to expand and evolve as we continue to add additional RtI resources.

The NRCLD Learning Disabilities Resource Kit:
The National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD) has developed this kit to help you navigate changes related to specific learning disability determination and responsiveness to intervention. All materials in this kit are in the public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or part is granted. Kit includes: Tools for Change, RTI manual, PowerPoint presentations, and parent pages.

RTI Action Network:
The RTI Action Network is a website dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in school districts nationwide. The RTI Action Network is a program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, funded by the Cisco Foundation and in partnership with the nation's leading education associations and top RTI experts.

What Works Clearinghouse:
Established in 2002. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) provides user-friendly practices and guides for educators that addresses instructional challenges with research-based recommendations for schools and classrooms.

RTI Training for California Educators:
Provides access to a series of web casts presented by leading experts in RTI.


This site provides information regarding The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), a researched, reliable and valid indicator of early literacy development and predictor of later reading proficiency to aid in the early identification of students who are not progressing as expected.

AIMSweb is a formative assessment system that informs the teaching and learning process by providing continuous student performance data and reporting improvement to enable evidence-based evaluation and data-driven instruction.

Intervention Central:
A website developed by Jim Wright, school psychologist from Syracuse, New York. Intervention Central contains a wealth of information related to RTI that supports a school's implementation efforts. Much of the material and tools provided via this website are free of charge and easy-to-use.

National Center on Student Progress Monitoring:
This site has resources about screening, student progress monitoring, Curriculum-Based Measurement, applying decision making to IEPs and other research based topics. In addition, the Center has established a standard process to evaluate the scientific rigor of commercially available tools to monitor student's progress.

Behavioral Interventions

Center for Evidence-based Practices to Improve Social Emotional Development of Young Children:
This site provides guidance using a tiered intervention model with social emotional development in young children.

Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports:
The Center has been established to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.