Monitoring Progress: Response to Intervention's Promise and Pitfalls

Response to intervention began as a way to identify and teach struggling readers and special education students. It's fast becoming a way to change schooling for everyone. This special report examines the many forms the approach is now taking, its research base, its influence on the educational marketplace, and the federal regulations that both fuel and restrict its growth. For the project, our reporters drew on interviews with researchers, curriculum developers, educators, parents, and students.


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Response to intervention began as a way to identify and teach struggling readers and special education students. It's fast becoming a way to change schooling for everyone.
March 2, 2011 – Education Week

Educators in the Sanger, Calif., schools credit response to intervention for the district's dramatic test-score turnaround.
March 2, 2011 – Education Week

While curriculum developers seek to capitalize on response to intervention's popularity, experts fret about an overreliance on canned approaches.
March 2, 2011 – Education Week

One exception is the University of Utah, where aspiring urban teachers get exposed to 'tiered-instruction' techniques in all their core classes.
March 2, 2011 – Education Week

A middle school in Washington state uses Positive Behavior Supports, or PBIS, to curb behavior problems.
March 2, 2011 – Education Week

While response to intervention has won over some parents, others complain the schooling approach has delayed needed services for children with learning problems.
March 2, 2011 – Education Week

Despite its growing popularity, RTI can be an awkward fit with some of the federal grant programs used to pay for it.
March 2, 2011 – Education Week

While use of response to intervention is expanding in schools across the country, evidence is limited on how to use it best.
March 2, 2011 – Education Week

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