Purpose and Overview of the OrRTI Project
The purpose of OrRTI is to provide technical assistance to Oregon school districts implementing Response to Intervention (RTI) systems that provide targeted, effective instruction to meet the needs of all students and provide the framework to identify students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). The focus of the project is on literacy, early intervention, and the use of evidenced-based practices.
The initiative began in 2005-2006 when the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) contracted with the Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD), an early adopter of RTI, to work with other school districts to develop Response to Intervention systems for use in identifying students with SLD. TTSD has carried the contract since its inception. Four districts were in the first Cadre 2005-2006. Since that time, OrRTI has worked with over 60 districts in Oregon, and has consulted with many more districts and educational agencies in other states and internationally.