Wisconsin's Vision of RtI

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction created a guiding document in 2010 to give direction for schools as they implemented RtI. This document outlined the essential elements of RtI, and provided a backbone for the Wisconsin RtI Center's technical assistance.

Since 2010, the Wisconsin RtI Center has significantly expanded its scope and reach of training, technical assistance, and resources. In response, the DPI released a new document in 2017. The Wisconsin's Framework for Equitable Multi-Level Systems of Supports builds on these years of collective expertise and research about what works. This framework sets forth a more developed vision of an integrated and coherent framework of academic, behavioral, social, and emotional supports to ensure equitable success for every learner.


Understanding RtI: A Systems View

Nationally, RtI is often represented visually by a triangle separated into three tiers that depict levels of intensity, based on student need. You may be wondering, “Why no triangle in Wisconsin?”

The Wisconsin visual model outlines the parameters of a high quality RtI framework, while maintaining the flexibility that districts require to build systems to meet local needs. This allows individual districts to use a three-tiered system to organize their RtI system, if they so choose. Districts have varying resources, programs and practices that will likely influence the building of their unique RtI system and may use tiers (or other multi-level systems or processes) that work well in their district.

Culturally Responsive Practices Culturally Responsive Practices High Quality Instruction Balanced Assessment Collaboration Multi-level System of Support Multi-level System of Support

Wisconsin RtI Center

Click on any part of the graphic to learn more about the Wisconsin RtI Center's essential components. Or, click one of the items below to learn more about that component:

Understanding the RtI Graphic

In Wisconsin, culturally responsive practices are central to the state’s RtI vision and infused throughout the three essential elements. You can see this central role of culturally responsive practices graphically depicted in the state visual above. Additionally, the circular model is an RtI systems-level view of the process, while the triangle depicts a student-level view. Districts may find that a triangle or other visual representation best fits their vision for meeting the needs of their distinct populations and that many RtI models fit within the state’s visual model and definition.


Please see the Department of Public Instruction's Frequently Asked Questions about Response to Intervention (updated) for more information about RtI in Wisconsin.


The Wisconsin RtI Center and the Department of Public Instruction collaborated to create a glossary for educators to use in their journey toward implementing RtI. Teams may find this glossary especially helpful as they complete the School-wide Implementation Review during their purpose building phase.

Response to Intervention in Wisconsin Glossary

Contains extensive definitions of words commonly used about RtI in Wisconsin.