Response-to-Intervention Thought Leaders Release 2009 RTI Findings

June 4, 2009


Spectrum K12, CASE, NASDSE, AASA and State Title 1 Directors Announce 2009 Response to Intervention Survey Report

Amy Vogt, AASA

Scott Cary, Spectrum K12 School Solutions
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TOWSON, Md. - Spectrum K12 School Solutions Inc., and leading education organizations including the Council of Administrators of Special Education, American Association of School Administrators, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, and State Title 1 Directors today announced the results of their 2009 survey of K-12 district administrators to gauge the extent to which Response to Intervention has been adopted and implemented. 

The survey results can be downloaded at

Spectrum K12 and these organizations teamed to determine the rate of RTI adoption, the effectiveness of RTI implementation and perceived critical implementation factors to provide a roadmap for districts nationwide.

The 2009 survey results indicate strong and rapid support for RTI, with 71 percent of districts in some stage of implementing RTI -- up from 60 percent in 2008 and 44 percent in 2007.  The survey results also showed RTI is being increasingly implemented across all grade levels, with a significant increase in high school implementation compared to 2008.

Districts reported the three primary obstacles to implementing RTI as insufficient teacher training, lack of intervention resources and lack of an easy, comprehensive way to monitor and drive student achievement.

Of districts with enough data, 83 percent indicated RTI has reduced the number of referrals to special education.

“The Response to Intervention National Survey is a valuable tool to provide school districts with data that provide a realistic picture of RTI implementation across the United States,” commented George Batsche co-director of the Institute for School Reform, Florida Statewide Problem-Solving/RtI Project, University of South Florida. “These data provide information that districts can use to develop timelines and priorities for their own implementation plans. Comparing data year-to-year provides districts with realistic implementation schedules.”

“The survey results indicate how rapidly districts are adopting and formalizing an intervention centric approach to driving student achievement,” Spectrum K12 School Solutions’ CEO, Jim Marshall commented.  “Our relationship with CASE, AASA, NASDSE and State Title 1 Directors has been instrumental in helping Spectrum K12 provide districts with what they need to drive student achievement including our EXCEED™ product.”

“This follow up survey shows the continued need for additional resources and unique partnerships if we are to be successful with Response to Intervention in our schools,” said Luann Purcell, Ed.D., CASE executive director.  “CASE is proud to have been a partner in the first survey and in this follow up survey with Spectrum K12 School Solutions. The more we all know about each other, the better we can join together to improve academic performance for ALL students.”

About the Council of Administrators of Special Education
The Council of Administrators of Special Education is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children, the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. The mission of CASE is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices that impact the quality of education. For more information, visit

About Spectrum K12 School Solutions 
Spectrum K12 School Solutions Inc. is the leading provider of Response to Intervention (RTI) and special education IEP software serving 11 percent of the U.S. K-12 student population including 20 of the top 100 school districts in the United States.  Our EXCEED™ student achievement management software gives teachers an easy way to drive day-to-day activities, research based interventions and outcomes to help all students achieve success.  EXCEED monitors academic and behavioral progress, displays efficacy and fidelity, and surfaces achievement gaps at the student, class, grade, group or district level.  Our patented software has enabled personalized learning for over 5 million children in 29 states in support of our mission to close the achievement gap and Move Every Child Forward™.  For more information visit

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA’s major focus is standing up for public education. For more information, visit