Because of the critical role that district leadership plays in the effective implementation of RtI/MTSS within a framework of district and school improvement, the services of the I-RtI Network begin at the district level. There are currently 76 districts participating in the Network, of which approximately 43 percent are low-performing with regard to making adequate yearly progress (AYP) and 70 percent have high percentages (40 percent or more) of students from low income backgrounds.
The participating districts were selected through a Request for Applications process, and each district identified one or more schools as implementation and data collection sites. To demonstrate their commitment to fully participate in the I-RtI Network, the superintendent of each district and school
principal(s) signed a partnership agreement with the Network.
Benefits of district participation in the I-RtI Network include: