Response to Intervention

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Welcome to RtI

Welcome to Nebraska’s Response to Intervention (RtI) website!

In Nebraska, each school district is responsible for assuring that high quality services are provided to every child. Response to intervention (RtI) is a framework that allows Nebraska school districts to expand their capacity to effectively educate all students and improve educational outcomes.

RtI begins with strong instruction in general education, and at the first sign that a student is lagging behind his/her peers in an academic area, more intense instruction is provided. Data on a student’s instructional progress informs instruction and interventions. Based on IDEA 2004, data from an RtI system may be used as part of the comprehensive evaluation for special education eligibility.

The Nebraska Department of Education supports the implementation of RtI. Specifically, NDE has endorsed the Essential Elements for the implementation of RtI. The Essential Elements for RtI, which define the distinctive features of a scientifically-supported process for meeting students’ academic needs, are based upon principles identified in research for an effective RtI system. Administration of these features may differ from district to district, and districts have latitude in determining appropriate assessments, curriculum and interventions that meet their needs. The RtI framework can be tailored to fully integrate into the district’s current organizational structure and priorities as well as the overall school improvement plan.

The purpose of this website is to provide information and resources for the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) to those school districts in Nebraska that elect to do so.