Response to Intervention's Promise and Pitfalls
March 2, 2011
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.
- Education Funding Districts Must Walk a Fine Line to Fund RTI ProgramsDespite its growing popularity, RTI can be an awkward fit with some of the federal grant programs used to pay for it.Teaching RTI Makes Few Inroads Into the Nation's Education SchoolsOne exception is the University of Utah, where aspiring urban teachers get exposed to 'tiered-instruction' techniques in all their core classes.Special Education Calif. District Uses RTI to Boost Achievement for AllEducators in the Sanger, Calif., schools credit response to intervention for the district's dramatic test-score turnaround.