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Title I and Response to Intervention (RtI)


Title I is a federal program that provides funds to school districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children who are disadvantaged to support a variety of services. Its overall purpose it to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments.

RtI is a process for achieving higher levels of academic and behavioral success for all students through: high quality instructional practice, continuous review of student progress (multiple measures), and collaboration.

Multi Level System of Support

Program Elements

RtI is a multi-level system of support. Elements of an RtI system include: high quality instruction, balanced assessment, and collaboration, all of which occur through culturally responsive practices. Title I programs work well within RtI:

  • High Quality Instruction: RtI can be supported in a Title I Targeted Assistance or a Schoolwide Program
  • Balanced Assessment: Students served by Title I funds are those most at risk of failing the state academic standards as identified by multiple assessment measures.
  • Collaboration: In a targeted assistance school, Title I teachers collaborate with classroom teachers to identify potential Title I students and to help design classroom interventions to implement with students before they would enter the Title I program. In a Title I schoolwide program, the school community collaboratively develops, implements and assesses their Title I program.
  • Culturally Responsive Practices: Title I funds are generated by the number of low income students enrolled at a school. Title I programs must be culturally responsive to positively impact the student achievement of increasingly diverse student populations.

For general questions regarding the coordination and integration of a school’s RtI and Title I programs:




Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:

Other RtI Resources:

Related Resources

For questions about this information, contact Title I and School Support Team (608) 267-3721