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Response to Instruction (RTI)

RtI Goal

The goal of the NH Response to Instruction (RTI) Task Force is to lead the transformation of instruction in New Hampshire school districts in accordance with the principles and practices of RTI. (Response to Instruction is the practice of providing high-quality instruction matched to student need, using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. (NASDSE, 2008)

RtI Vision

New Hampshire educational systems continually evolve in response to consensus on effective instructional practices. All students' academic and behavioral needs are addressed in a timely manner through effective and targeted supports that enhance students' outcomes.


New Hampshire Networks

In 2013 the NHDOE opened the NH Networks. The New Hampshire Network’s features let users connect to educators, reach out to experts in the field, explore hundreds of curated resources in our KnowledgeBase library and join the communities and networks that are being launched across the state. Please visit the RTI group for additional resources. If this is your first time accessing the NH Networks you will be prompted to set up a user account to access these materials.

Assisting Students with Reading: Response to Instruction and Multi-Tier Instruction in the Primary Grades

IES has released a practice guide on reading instruction and response to instruction. This guide offers five specific recommendations to help educators identify struggling readers and implement evidence-based strategies to promote their reading achievement. Teachers and reading specialists can utilize these strategies to implement RTI and multi-tier instruction methods and frameworks at the classroom or school level. Recommendations cover how to screen students for reading problems, design a multi-tier intervention program, adjust instruction to help struggling readers, and monitor student progress.

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

Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) produced this report in response to requests from state officials for information on RTI policy across the Northeast and Islands Region. The report includes narrative descriptions of the seven states’ approaches to RTI.


NH RESPONDS seeks to reform and improve pre-service personnel preparation and in-service professional development systems in order to improve the knowledge and skills of general and special education teachers, early intervention personnel, related services personnel, paraprofessionals and administrators in designing, delivering and evaluating scientifically-based practices in two areas: (1) response to intervention (RTI) systems of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and literacy instruction; and (2) tertiary secondary transition supports for students with emotional/behavioral disorders.


Goal 1 - Operational Infrastructure
The NH DOE will have an operational infrastructure that integrates the RTI Framework with the State System of Support (SSOS) at the local level.
Goal 2 - Communications
The NH RTI Task Force/PLC will establish a mechanism to ensure transparent and reciprocal communication among all relevant stakeholders about its work and outcomes.
Goal 3 - Teacher and Leader Education
In order to support the development of effective teachers and leaders, a professional development plan will align the state's multiple school improvement initiatives to support the design and implementation of RTI systems at the local level.
Goal 4 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
The PLC will act in an advisory capacity to the NH DOE and to Implementation Teams (schools and districts) regarding the efficacy of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices that support effective RTI implementation.
Goal 5 - Use of Data
The NH DOE, PLC, and Implementation Teams (schools and districts) will fully access and use longitudinal student data to advance and support RTI systems.

Pilot Sites

The Department was selected as one of nine states to receive "intensive technical assistance" from the National Center on RTI regarding School Improvement and the RTI process. The focus of the technical assistance will be to provide a framework for the successful implementation of RTI in NH and to formalize statewide efforts that will promote school wide practices that ensure highest possible student achievement in both academic and behavioral pursuits within the RTI framework. This includes the selection of six pilot sites to demonstrate the implementation of the RTI process.

  • Amherst Middle School, Amherst, NH
  • Chichester Central School, Chichester, NH
  • Lin-Wood Elementary, Lincoln, NH
  • Madison Elementary, Madison, NH
  • Maple Elementary, Claremont, NH
  • Nottingham Elementary, Nottingham, NH

Pilot Site Cover Letter (May 27, 2011) Acrobat Reader
Pilot Site Application Acrobat Reader Applications were due June 20, 2011

Professional Development Opportunities

2011 - Summer RTI Training

RTI Task Force

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