Educator Resources
Guides and Tools  

A practical resource: Guiding Tools for Instructional Problem Solving Manual - Revised

A web-based "how-to" manual and toolkit for school teams and educators engaged in the systematic planning/problem-solving process for individual students or groups of students with the intention of improving student outcomes.

Math and Science Model Lessons

A series of web-based model lessons that feature school-based leadership teams engaged in the problem-solving process and teachers providing high-quality standards-based instruction.

National Center on Response to Intervention created the RTI Essential Components Integrity Worksheet. They have also developed brief guides on the essential components of a healthy problem solving and data-based decision making system.

The National Association of State Directions of Special Education (NASDSE) has developed blueprints for use in creating district level plans, and school based level plans for implementing Response to Intervention.

The RtI Action Network has implementation guides, surveys, checklists, documentation forms, examples and other specific tools for use with effective implementation of problem solving and data-based decision making.


Implementing a Multi-tiered System of Support for Behavior: A Practical Guide

A practical guide addressing both general questions related to the implementation of a Florida's Multi-tiered System of Support integrating academic and behavioral supports and specifically, the behavioral aspects within the system.

The RtI Action Network provides an article by Dr. George Batsche which provides implementation guidance on development of a building-level plan for implementation of a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) model. The guidance and concepts in the article can to the district level as well.

National High School Center

This Center serves as a central source of information and expertise on high school improvement for the Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs). They have developed a resource that provides an in-depth look at the implementation and structural issues, as well as the needed support required to successfully institute Response to Intervention (RtI) at the secondary school level. It defines the RtI models, explores benefits and challenges faced at the high school level, shares a snapshot of implementation at the high school level, and outlines the necessary resources needed to support this work.

Content Area Instruction and Intervention

Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools

Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools Taking early action may be key to helping students struggling with mathematics. The eight recommendations in this guide are designed to help teachers, principals, and administrators use Response to Intervention for the early detection, prevention, and support of students struggling with mathematics.

Assisting Students Struggling with Reading: Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades

This guide by The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance  offers five specific recommendations to help educators identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies to promote their reading achievement. Teachers and reading specialists can utilize these strategies to implement RtI and multi-tier intervention methods and frameworks at the classroom or school level. Recommendations cover how to screen students for reading problems, design a multi-tier intervention program, adjust instruction to help struggling readers, and monitor student progress.

The Center on Instruction

The Center on Instruction is a gateway to a cutting-edge collection of scientifically based research and information on K-12 instruction in reading, math, science, special education, and English language learning. Part of the Comprehensive Center network, the Center on Instruction is one of five content centers serving as resources for the 16 regional U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Centers. This link will take you directly to the section containing practitioner guides for those implementing response to intervention.

Florida Center for Reading Research

The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) was established to conduct research on literacy development and reading instruction and assessment. Resources provided on the website are research based and range in target age from PreK through 12th Grade. While the site does not specifically address RtI as a conceptual model, it does provide an array of evidence-based interventions that can be used in a data based, decision-making model such as RtI. Information regarding core and supplemental reading instruction strategies and progress monitoring tools is also included.

Best Practice: Multi-tiered System of Supports and Response to Intervention

The National Center on Learning Disabilities provides a “How To Section” which provides recommendations, examples, guidance, information from experts in RTI and components (progress monitoring and screening), SLD determination, and parents' roles.

OSEP Toolkit

This online document provides a conceptual overview of responsiveness to intervention (RtI)—including hypothetical examples of how RtI might operate within a school setting and for a particular student—and discusses RtI's role within the larger context of specific learning disabilities (SLD) determination. Included is information regarding the following core features of RtI:

  1. High quality classroom instruction
  2. Research-based instruction
  3. Classroom performance
  4. Universal screening
  5. Continuous progress monitoring
  6. Research-based interventions
  7. Progress monitoring during interventions
  8. Fidelity measures

The Best Evidence Encyclopedia is a free web site created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE) under funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to give educators and researchers fair and useful information about the strength of the evidence supporting a variety of programs available for students in grades K-12.

Progress Monitoring, Tools and Databases

Florida’s Response to Intervention for Behavior Database (RtI:B)

Florida’s RtI:B database is an online data system that supports MTSS for behavior. Funded by the Florida Department of Education, the database provides easy graphical analysis of Tier 1 behavior incidents, and Tiers 2/3 progress monitoring data at the individual student, school and district levels. The database is available to any Florida school, but district-level involvement is strongly encouraged.

National Center on Response to Intervention Tools Charts

The National Center on Response to Intervention has established a standard process to evaluate the scientific rigor of commercially available tools and interventions that can be used in an RTI context. Over the course of its funding period, the Center will conduct annual reviews of tools and interventions in the following three domains: Progress Monitoring, Screening, and Instructional Programs. Districts and schools can use these charts to determine what assessment or intervention programs are needed to meet the unique needs of students.

Determining Instructional Level and Conducting Ongoing Progress Monitoring

This document is the Florida Center for Reading Research’s ongoing progress monitoring guide. FCRR provides guidance for determining instructional reading levels and monitoring progress using DIBELS data. The guide includes Steps and Decision Rules flowcharts for grades 1 – 3.

The National Center on Intensive Intervention has established a standard process to evaluate the scientific rigor of commercially available tools and interventions that can be used as part of a data-based individualization program for educating students with disabilities who require intensive intervention due to persistent learning and behavior problems. They provide reviews of tools for the provision of interventions to struggling students and for academic and behavioral progress monitoring.

Using Assessment to Inform Instruction

This page appears on the Florida Center for Reading Research’s website. FCRR provides links to presentations and documents that focus on using data to guide instruction. Topics include developing school-based reading assessment plans and using Progress Monitoring Reporting Network reports.

Chart Dog 2.0

Chart Dog 2.0 is an interactive site that allows the user to load information into a graphing program to visually display progress monitoring data for a student or group of students. This web-based graphing tool can be used with behavior or academic data and may be helpful for an educator learning to display data in a graphic format.