Response to Intervention (RTI)

Response to Intervention is a proactive framework for educating all learners. In an effort to increase students' educational achievement, RTI provides sound practices for the most efficient and effective resource allocation in schools. The RTI system integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems.

The purpose of an RTI system is to prevent academic failure, ensure student success, identify academic and behavioral problems, and properly deal with those problems. Any student who is struggling to succeed deserves effective interventions, and RTI offers more communication and consistency among a student's teachers.

The Maine Department of Education has created this website to help schools and teachers identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity of those interventions depending on a student's responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities.

  • Interventions. Specific scientifically-based interventions (reading, writing, mathematics and behavior) to support learning for all students.
  • Screening & Progress Monitoring. Tools, assessments and programs to determine level of need and to help monitor learning as it is happening.
  • RTI Resources. Links and contact information to national, state and local RTI experts, resources and professional development opportunities.
  • FAQ. Frequently asked questions about RTI.