DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 239
November 9, 2007
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Response to Intervention (RtI) Initiative
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
is pleased to announce the development of a
comprehensive Response to Intervention (RtI) guidance document entitled Responsive Instruction: Refining Our Work of
Teaching All Children
reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 2004
(IDEA 2004) focused national attention on a growing successful practice in the
general education classroom, Response to Intervention (RtI), as a tool for
assessing and working with struggling learners.
RtI is an integrated approach to service delivery that encompasses general, remedial, and special education through a multitiered service delivery model. RtI is the practice of providing high-quality instruction/intervention matched to all student needs and using the learning rate and level of performance over time to make important educational decisions. RtI practices are proactive, incorporating both prevention and intervention and are effective at all levels from early childhood through high school.
Two statewide Response to Intervention
institutes will convene this fall. The first RtI institute is
planned for November 15 16, 2007, at the Roanoke Holiday Inn,
The department will also be seeking several divisions to serve as pilot sites for gleaning best practices for RtI implementation, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year. More information regarding the pilot sites will follow the dissemination of the RtI guidance document.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Susan Trulove, RtI specialist, via e-mail at Susan.Trulove@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804)786-0720.