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Pearson Unveils Enhanced Library of Resources to Help Educators Optimize Response to Intervention

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — June 21, 2011 —

As momentum continues to build for Response to Intervention (RTI) as a roadmap for ensuring student academic success, Pearson today unveiled a new update to its RTI portal that features a wealth of new resources and tools for helping educators optimize the proven model. A one-step resource for RTI implementation, the site provides an overview into the RTI cycle with information about strategies for implementing it in reading and math as well as links to information about intervention strategies that address the needs of the whole learner – both academically and behaviorally.

New on the site is series of free downloadable RTI webinars, addressing questions and concerns about the model and its components, and breaking it down into manageable and relevant, real-world scenarios. These insightful presentations by industry experts focus on topics such as “RTI and Meeting Accountability Standards” and “RTI: Preventing Reading, Writing and Math Problems” and many feature in-depth bibliographies, PowerPoint presentations and other materials to support successful implementation.

Other new connections include information for introducing the RTI model to parents, such as the National Association of School Psychologists’ “Parent Primer,” as well as links to the National Center on RTI and the RTI Action Network as well as a library of RTI success stories. An overview engaging video walks visitors through funding options for RTI, discussing federal programs and grants, such as Title I, IDEA, Title III and School Improvement Grants.

“Combining RTI with the student data that is available in today’s schools allows for the integration of assessment and instruction in a powerful way that connects students to scientifically-based interventions that reduce behaviour problems and put them on the path to academic success,” said Cheryl McDougald, Manager, Education Market. “The greatly expanded resources on our web site will allow educators to leverage this model whether they need information about funding sources, access to proven professional development or tools for data-driven decision making.”

According to research, successful implementation of RTI requires three essential components: multiple tiers of intervention, data-based decisions, and an integrated data and assessment system. To create a successful RTI program, five key elements are needed: leadership, fidelity of implementation, parental involvement, an assessment system and ongoing professional development. In the RTI model, problems are identified as early as possible, student progress is monitored with data and appropriate instructional strategies are applied to keep students on track.

Adoption of this research-based model continues to grow rapidly in schools and districts around the country. A 2010 survey by several major education organizations revealed that more than 60 percent of responding districts are in the process of implementing RTI and the framework is increasingly being implemented across all grade levels.

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Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to www.pearsonassessments.com..

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Adam Gaber, Pearson
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