KSI/RTI Resources for Students with Special Needs in Mathematics

Published: 7/28/2017 10:02 AM

​Mathematics ​Intervention Resources for Students with Special Needs



​Book Resources

  • Designing and Implementing Mathematics Instruction for Students with Diverse Learning Needs by Pamela P Hudson and Susan Peterson Miller - This exciting new book integrates the explicit teaching practices that have proven effective for students with disabilities with the NCTM math standards that dominant current mathematics practices in the United States.  
  • Teaching Learners Who Struggle with Mathematics: Responding With Systematic Intervention and Remediation (3rd Edition) (Pearson Professional Development) by Helene J. Sherman, Lloyd I. Richardson and George J. Yard (Apr 23, 2012) - This book is designed for aspiring and practicing teachers who will work or are working with K-6 students in need of remediation and additional math instruction. Addressing the mathematical concepts students struggle with most, including place value, addition and subtraction of whole numbers, multiplication, division, fractions, and time and money, this book analyzes the roots and causes of frequent error patterns in student work and offers implementable solutions for solving them and teaching lifelong math skills.
  • Teaching Mathematics to All Children: Designing and Adapting Instruction to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners (2nd Edition) by Benny F. Tucker, Ann H. Singleton and Terry L. Weaver (Jan 15, 2005) - With the composition of today's classroom in mind, this book approaches teaching and planning elementary mathematics by using methods that accommodate the diverse learning needs of any student having difficulties with basic math concepts. The authors use personal experience and research that supports a complete set of developmental concepts and skills to outline the effective development of mathematical concepts and skills. It stresses lesson planning that will result in learning, understanding, and retaining important concepts and skills.
  • Teaching Mathematics to Middle School Students with Learning Difficulties (What Works for Special-Needs Learners) by Marjorie Montague and Asha K. Jitendra - A highly practical resource for special educators and classroom teachers, this book provides specific instructional guidance illustrated with vignettes, examples, and sample lesson plans. Every chapter is grounded in research and addresses the nuts and bolts of teaching math to students who are not adequately prepared for the challenging middle school curriculum. Presented are a range of methods for helping struggling learners build their understanding of foundational concepts, master basic skills, and develop self-directed problem-solving strategies. While focusing on classroom instruction, the book also includes guidelines for developing high-quality middle school mathematics programs and evaluating their effectiveness.


Web-Based Resources



  • Effective Strategies for Teaching Students with Difficulties in Mathematics - Based on meta-analyses of more than 50 studies, this research brief from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics reviews six aspects of instruction that have been found to be consistently effective in teaching students who have difficulties with mathematics: systematic and explicit instruction, think-alouds, peer-assisted learning, and formative assessment data.
  • Intervention Central - Intervention Central provides teachers, schools and district with free academic and behavior resources to help struggling learners and implement Response to Intervention and attain the Common Core State Standards. 
  • Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities or Difficulty Learning Mathematics: A Guide for Teachers - This guide from the Center on Instruction describes seven effective instructional practices for teaching mathematics to K–12 students with learning disabilities that were identified in the Center’s synthesis of intervention research, and also incorporates recommendations from "The Final Report of The National Mathematics Advisory Panel".
  • Understood.orgThe website provides an overview of dyscalculia, and then suggests intervention and teaching strategies to help students who may exhibit characteristics of dyscalculia. 




  • Kentucky Autism Training Center- The mission of the Kentucky Autism Training Center is to strengthen the state’s systems of support for persons affected by autism. KATC is committed to improving the quality of life for those affected by ASD by providing training and resources to families and professionals.



General Resources

  • Council for Exceptional Children- This website is the voice and vision of special education.  Type “progress monitoring” in the search box and various articles about academic and behavior progress monitoring in can be found.
  • Intervention Central - Intervention Central provides teachers, schools and district with free academic and behavior resources to help struggling learners and implement Response to Intervention and attain the Common Core State Standards. 
  • The Iris Center - Free online interactive resources that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice.  Materials cover a wide variety of evidence based topics, including behavior, RtI, learning strategies, and progress monitoring
  • The National Center for Learning Disabilities - The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) team envisions a society in which every individual who struggles to learn possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.
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