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Oregon's Response to Instruction & Intervention Initiative (Or-RTIi)


Oregon Response to Intervention Applications for Elementary Reading Cadre 11 (2017-2021)


Applications Available to Participate in ORTIi

The Oregon Department of Education is pleased to announce that applications to participate in the Oregon Response to Instruction and Intervention initiative in the area of elementary literacy, beginning in the fall of 2017-18, are now available. The application deadline is 11:59 PM, June 28 2017.
The Oregon Response to Instruction and Intervention (ORTIi) initiative has supported districts across the state with the implementation of evidenced-based, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in literacy since the Fall of 2005, and has a proven history of effectiveness. ORTIi expanded its scope in 2015-16 when it began supporting districts in the areas of middle school literacy and elementary math. Since 2005, ORTIi has provided training and technical assistance to over 90 school districts in Oregon.  

The goals of the ORTIi initiative include:

  • Facilitate the implementation of MTSS that is consistent with the work of other ODE offices and initiatives.
  • Increase the percentage of students meeting benchmark in reading and math.
  • Decrease the percentage of students at high-risk for reading and math failure.
  • Close the achievement gap that exists between historically underserved student groups.
  • Increase the percentage of students accurately identified as having Specific Learning Disabilities.

A maximum of 15 districts will be selected to participate beginning in the Fall of 2017-18. To be eligible to participate, districts must:

  • Be an Oregon public school district that has not previously participated as a “Full Support” district.
  • Use an ODE approved researched-based elementary core reading program, OR use an independent adoption that includes materials that meet the criteria established by the State Board of Education. Districts with independent adoptions will complete the ODE ELA Adoption Criteria checklist and the ORTIi Curriculum Review Guide to demonstrate that the adoption meets these criteria. 
  • Have a research-based universal screening system.
  • Have commitment from the core leadership team to implement a comprehensive MTSS in the area of literacy for ALL students
Detailed information about the requirements for participation, the supports and benefits to participating districts, and the application process are included in the application materials. Live webinars with additional information and an opportunity to ask questions will be provided on June 2 from 10 to 11:00  (, and June 15 from 1-2:00 (
Please contact Lisa Darnold with any questions at or 503-947-5786. 


RTI is the practice of providing high-quality instruction and intervention matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about change in instruction or goals and applying child response data to important educational decisions (NASDSE, 2005). RTI is a process described in IDEA 2004 for identifying students with learning disabilities. For more information about RTI please see the Technical Assistance Paper OrRTI Guidance by Tigard-Tualatin School District.


Oregon's RTI Initiative (OrRTI) is intended to provide skills and knowledge districts need to build systemic, accurate, and sustainable academic support for all students; and provide guidance to districts to support implementation of IDEA policy for RTI.


In 2005-2006, ODE partnered with Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) to lead OrRTI and provide training and technical assistance to participating districts. TTSD has developed a "Response to Intervention" (RTI) training program for ODE, as well as assisted 67 school districts with implementation. New districts are added to this program every year in an effort to reach all parts of the state. More information about ODE and Tigard Tualatin’s OrRTI program is available.

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