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Chapter 4: Providing Targeted Supports Through Tier 2
Early intervention is considered to be one of the primary strengths of the RTI process. Because RTI provides a continuum of increasingly intensive interventions, student deficits can be addressed quickly and effectively. Interventions are designed to target specific academic and behavioral needs and to be feasible for implementation through general education. Frequent progress monitoring assists teachers and teams in making informed decisions to maximize student outcomes.
A large body of research has documented the benefits of providing early intervention to students at risk for school failure. For example, Vellutino and colleagues found that intensive reading interventions provided in kindergarten often reduced or eliminated the need for interventions in later grades (Vellutino, Scanlon, Small, & Fanuele, ...