Special Education

Evaluating Interventions for RTI

By Christina A. Samuels — August 04, 2010 1 min read

The National Center on Response to Intervention has released an evaluation of research into the effectiveness of certain instructional interventions that are being marketed as appropriate in an RTI framework.

But, some caveats, from Allison Gruner Gandhi, the center’s coordinator for its technical Review Committee: the center is not evaluating the interventions themselves for their effectiveness. Instead, the center is looking at research provided by the curriculum developers, and then evaluating that research for potential strengths and weaknesses. Also, this is not a list of every intervention out there. Curriculum developers voluntarily submitted their research for review by the center.

Gandhi said she hopes that administrators first think about what kind of interventions they need. Then, scan the list and see what interventions listed have been, according to the center, evaluated using sound measures. And if the intervention you’re interested in isn’t on the list, ask for it from the developer.

The center has also evaluated research studies related to RTI screening tools and progress monitoring tools.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.