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Math Intervention

Research-based math intervention works

Effective support at each tier

Response to Intervention (RtI), a key component of multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), is an approach for designing and establishing research-based teaching and learning environments that are effective for students, families, and educators. RtI is not just for students with special needs or a learning disability; it is a preventative measure for all students. Educators will use interventions, or a set of teaching practices, with any student struggling with a skill or topic to help them succeed in the classroom.

There are three Tiers in RTI:

  • RTI Tier 1 is general education. Students in Tier 1 are performing on or above grade level. Instruction offered is research-based and is aligned to state or regional standards.
  • RTI Tier 2 is targeted instruction given to students who are one level below grade level. Instruction is often delivered within the classroom in small groups.
  • RTI Tier 3 is more intensive, often individualized, intervention for students who are generally more than one grade level behind. Students who do not respond to Tier 2 interventions are assigned to Tier 3.

Read a blog about the Four Principals for effective math intervention, plus how technology gives RtI a boost.

Read about effective, evidence-based recommendations by the Institute for Education Sciences “What Works” report for RtI Interventions for Math.

Progress Monitoring and RtI

Within the RtI framework, progress monitoring is used to determine if students are benefitting from the instruction, if they are making adequate progress in their learning, and if adjustments need to be made to the intervention program. Progress monitoring in RtI has the following benefits:

  • Student learning is accelerated because they a receive instruction appropriate for their individual needs.
  • Teachers have access to actionable data that enables them to make more informed instructional decisions.
  • Communication between educators and families about student learning improves.

Watch the webinar Tracking Progress for Tier 2 Students in Response to Intervention (RtI).

Assessment in the RtI Framework

RtI includes a comprehensive system that integrates assessment and instruction, so that educators can identify the level of intervention needed by a student, diagnose skill, ability, and knowledge gaps, and measure progress. They also support educators determining if the intervention is successful and when instructional adjustments need to be made.

Watch the webinar Prevention to Intervention – Formative Assessment Reimagined.

Dreambox Learning and Response to Intervention

DreamBox Learning® Math offers a research-based math intervention program for students identified as struggling with math or who require additional academic support. Use DreamBox Learning independently, in small groups, or with instructors to overcome math challenges at each of the three Tiers.

Differentiated instruction by design

Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ means that each student receives the right next lesson, at the right level of difficulty, with scaffolding tailored to his or her level of comprehension. By integrating assessment and instruction, DreamBox Learning Math provides adaptation based not just on answers, but on strategies. As a result, struggling students receive individualized instruction focused on the basic foundational concepts they need, along with appropriate practice for mastery. Current reports and alerts keep teachers informed of student progress and provide actionable data for one-to-one instruction. Dashboard and detailed reports show each student’s progress and comprehension level on curriculum units based on the Common Core and other standards.