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RTI2 Current Update

RTI2 Listening Tour

In February and March, the department will conduct a listening tour to gather feedback about RTI2. Regional town halls will occur across the state from 6-7:30 p.m. local time, and educators, administrators, and community members are encouraged to participate. Feedback will be used for potential revisions and refinement of guidance and support related to RTI2. View specific dates/locations and register here. Please note that dates and locations are still to be determined for the Northwest and Southwest CORE regions; these will be communicated in a future Commissioner’s Update for Directors.

RTI2 Report Release

The department released a report highlighting the current landscape of RTI2 implementation, successes and challenges, and identification of recommendations to increase success of implementation. The report can be viewed here. 


RTI2 Manual

The department recently revised sections of the RTI2Manual and the revised manual is available here.

The manual was first developed in the 2013-14 school year and revised in January 2015 (the full manual is here). The goal of the manual is to support educators and empower districts in their continued implementation of RTI2 and to ensure that educators have the structure and resources necessary to provide all students with access to and support for reaching high standards and expectations.

The department has listened to feedback from the field and examined current research and best practice. This information has led to the following refinements:

  • use of multiple sources of data for the universal screening process,
  • a more detailed description of Tier I instructional practices,
  • an expanded definition of ongoing assessment and data-based decision making,
  • stronger explanation of professional development, and
  • more closely connecting fidelity monitoring in Tier I to the educator evaluation model. 

The manual refinements also provide a stronger conceptualization of the “ready” student, consistency of language, and more autonomy for districts.

RTI2 in Tennessee

Across the country, states are focused on providing early intervention—often called a Response to Intervention (RTI) method—to address deficits in student learning. In Tennessee, we have taken a unique RTI approach called RTI2: Response to Instruction and Intervention. Learn more about how our approach is different by reading Classroom Chronicles: Using RTI2 to support teachers and strengthen student outcomes.

Tennessee has been implementing RTI2 in elementary schools since 2014-15 and middle schools since 2015-16. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, implementation of Tennessee’s RTI2 Framework will be mandatory for all K-12 public schools, in all grade levels.