The National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI) describes their website as “the one place to find all you need to know about Response to Intervention.” So far as I can tell, they’re not kidding. NCRTI offers numerous resources ranging from basic information to advanced concepts related to RTI. They have a webinar series, training modules, and “Ask the Experts” video clips.
Perhaps one of the most useful resources on their website is the Instructional Intervention Tools Chart. The Instructional Intervention Tools Chart reflects results of research studies that have been reviewed by the Center’s Technical Review Committee. NCRTI reviews are particularly useful because:
- The NCRTI staff has expertise in implementing RTI and in meeting the needs of developing and struggling readers.
- The NCRTI considers the purpose and design of each study it reviews.
- The NCRTI evaluates whether the assessment measures used in a study align with the instructional goals of the reading strategy being reviewed.
NCRTI recently posted a review of Dr. Ted Christ’s 2009 study which shows that Read Naturally has statistically significant and academically meaningful effects on both reading fluency and accuracy. NCRTI has also posted a review of Dr. Dave Heistad’s 2004 study which demonstrates that Read Naturally has a substantial and academically meaningful long-term impact on broad, high-stakes comprehension measures like the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments and the Northwest Achievement Levels Test.
These studies serve an important purpose in identifying high-quality and effective instructional materials and strategies. I encourage you to visit the Read Naturally website to read more about the Christ and Heistad studies. And as always, your feedback is welcome in the comments section below.