Special Education

Update on the RTI and MTSS Projects

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 2:56 pm

The OPI’s Response to intervention Project is entering its 9th year training and supporting Montana schools in their pursuit of systemic, multi-tiered school improvement processes.  We have currently enrolled 100 schools into the project for training for the 2013-2014 school year.  The majority of these schools have been training with us for three or more years and are in the implementing or advanced stages of their training. Over the course of the nine years of the grant, we have had 20 schools that have achieved a sustaining status in our project. Achievement of a sustaining status means that these schools now have the essential components of RTI fully embedded into their school processes. We hope that by the end of this grant cycle in 2015 we will have at least 100 schools that are utilizing RTI sustainably  across the state that can serve as regional exemplars for other schools interested in school improvement.

A second part of the grant that funds RTI also funds the OPI’s Project REAL (Responsive Education for All Learners) and EC REAL (Early Childhood Project REAL). Project REAL brings together the multi-tiered school improvement processes of the Montana Behavioral Initiative (MBI) and Response to Intervention (RTI) into a single braided multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) for all students, including preschool-aged children.

 It is the goal of our grant to move future RTI trainings in the direction of this braided initiative which will simplify and streamline the way that school teams receive behavioral and academic supports training. Project REAL is currently training two cohorts of schools in the MTSS process. These 15 school teams will continue to receive training and help us to develop the training process that we plan to scale up state-wide in 2015 with the continuation of grant funding.

RTI has come a long way in Montana in these nine years and many schools throughout the state have benefitted greatly from the Response to Intervention trainings that they have received with the OPI project. As we move forward with greater collaboration and a unified vision under Project REAL the benefit to Montana schools, teachers and, most importantly, students should only continue to increase.

RTI Website:  http://opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/RTI/

Link to MTSS Brochure:  http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/MBI/REAL_MTSS_Brochure.pdf


For more information, contact Amy Friez, 444-0923