Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) Technical Assistance


Best Practices

 Research-based program resources:

What Works Clearinghouse: Institute of Educational Sciences, US Dept. of Ed.,
Designed to provide scientific evidence of what works in education.  Reviews programs and research within the following topics:  Beginning Reading K-3, Character Education, Dropout Prevention, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Math, English Language Learners, Middle School Math Curriculum.  Downloadable practice guides in PDF form.   

Center on Instruction:, a collection of scientifically based research and information on K-12 instruction in reading, math, science, special education, and English language learning:  Resources are available to download in PDF form.

Center for Evidence-Based Practices: Young Children with Challenging Behavior, Funded by the US Dept of Ed, Office of Special Education Programs to promote the use of evidence-based practice to meet the needs of young children who have, or are at risk for, problem behavior. Includes handouts, training modules, and teaching tools.

Forum on Child and Family Statistics:,   A group of Federal agencies that collect, analyze, and report data on issues related to children and families.  The July 2008 report “America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2008” reviews statistics on demographics, family and social environments, economics, healthcare, physical environment, behavior, education, and health. 

National Center for Special Education Research: Institute of Education Sciences, US Dept of Ed,,
Documents special education research related to a variety of topics. 

Safe and Drug-Free School resources:

PA Dept of Ed. Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities:  Contains a variety of resources for research-based programs addressing violence prevention, social-emotional wellness, substance use. 

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices:  Also,  NREPP is an online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been researched as to their effectiveness.  The programs are listed and can be further investigated at

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Database of evidence-based programs including community and school-based programs for at-risk children.

Blueprints for Violence Prevention:  Identifies effective violence prevention programs.  Includes links to the programs.  Also has a bullying resources page at

Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools Program Inventory:  List of  programs that meet the US Dept. of Ed. Principles of Effectiveness requirements for the Safe and Drug-Free Schools, compiled by the Florida Department of Education through the University of North Florida.  Includes links to the programs. 

Social-Emotional Learning resources:

Center for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
: A collaborative that works to advance the science and evidence-based practice of social and emotional learning.    Includes links to programs and lessons, and a searchable database. 

Student Intervention

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice:  Goal is to foster the development and the adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance.  Has links to effective practices of intervention, coordination of services, and behavioral assessment. 

National Center on Student Progress Monitoring: US Office of Special Education Programs,  Resources in curriculum areas, data-based decision-making, RTI.  Not limited to special education.

High Schools

National High School Center:  A source of information and expertise on high school improvement issues.  Resources on a variety of issues affecting high school teachers/students. 

RTI (Response to Intervention), PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports):

OSEP National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports:

RTI Action Network:  A program of the Nat’l Center for Learning Disabilities.  Information organized by instructional level; also includes a section for parents.

National Center on Response to Intervention:  Resources for all levels of instruction.

Intervention Best Practices from other states:

Oregon: Positive Behavior Supports,  Response to Intervention,

Vermont, Educational Support System: for students who require additional assistance in order to succeed in the general education environment: Also includes examples of their ESS forms.

Texas, Behavioral Support Initiative:

Delaware,  Positive Behavior Support Project: Center for Disabilities Studies, University of Delaware, DE Dept. of Ed.:  Many resources including  forms and tools for assessment. 

Louisiana, School-Wide Positive Behavior Support  Resources and links.
New Hampshire, Follow The Child,  Focus on child-centered learning and assessment.

South Carolina, At-Risk Student Intervention:  PDF of their At-Risk Student Intervention Implementation Guide (listed under “links”), including a description of effective programs. 

Maine, Response to Intervention:  Includes parent resources for RTI.

Florida, Positive Behavior Support Project:  Resources for schools, teachers, parents. 

Rhode Island, Social, Emotional and Behavioral Learning:

Pennsylvania, Student Assistance Program:  Links to resources in many subjects related to student assistance.