RTI2 Current Update
District RTI2 Position Funding
The BEP now allots funding for a minimum of one RTI2 position per district, with additional funding allotted at a ratio of 1 position to every 2750 students. The department has created a document to help guide districts in utilizing these new positions, including the potential roles and responsibilities, specific skill set needed, and benefits of these district-level positions. Further information and training for district RTI2 personnel is forthcoming over the next several months.
High School RTI2 Communities of Practice
In May, high school RTI2 communities of practice will convene in Mid Cumberland, Southwest, Upper Cumberland, and East CORE regions. Communities of practice will provide an opportunity for high school staff to collaborate, share resources, and gain skills around effective RTI2 implementation at the high school level. Next school year, communities of practice will expand to every region. Members of district and school RTI2 data teams, including general education teachers, special educators, interventionists, school psychologists, building administrators, counselors, and other staff who play a part in RTI2 implementation at the high school level should register here.
- Dyslexia Resource Guide
- RTI2 Implementation Guide: A comprehensive suite of guidance, recommendations, and practice-based resources for schools & districts.
- RTI2 High School Implementation Checklist: Walks high school & district leaders through critical points in the development of a strong RTI2 process for grades 9-12.
- RTI2 Manual
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.
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.