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Features of State Response to Intervention Initiatives in Northeast and Islands Region States

By Candice Bocala, Daniel Mello, Kristin Reedy, Natalie Lacireno-Paquet


This report, prepared by researchers in WestEd’s Learning Innovations, documents the results of a search of state education agency websites in the nine Northeast and Islands Region jurisdictions for publicly available information related to response to intervention (RTI).

The report finds that seven jurisdictions have developed state documents on RTI that address core features of RTI identified by the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities:

  • high-quality classroom instruction,
  • research-based instruction,
  • classroom performance,
  • universal screening,
  • continuous progress monitoring,
  • research-based interventions,
  • progress monitoring during interventions, and
  • fidelity measures.

Six of these jurisdictions (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont) had documents addressing all eight core features, and one (Rhode Island) had documents addressing seven.

Documents are also categorized by theme: whether the state education agency required RTI as a component of the special education eligibility process, whether the state education agency used or encouraged a three-tiered RTI model, whether a self-assessment or local plan was required before implementing RTI at the local level, and whether the state education agency supported or funded RTI pilot sites.

Information about the REL system and other REL publications can be found at the National Regional Educational Laboratory Program website.

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Copyright: 2009
Format: PDF
Pages: 32
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences