Implementation of RTI
- Posted by Chuck Noe on Tuesday, 2009-03-10 at 15:13:10
RTI has much potential to assist students & schools, however, like most things, it comes down to implementation. There is an informative article on RTI on the wrightslaw website at: http://www.wrightslaw.com/nltr/09/nl.0303.htm It is done by Susan Bruce, the parent of children with learning disabilities & on the staff of the South Carolina PTI.
She says "RTI, if used as intended, can be a significant advance in special education. If used incorrectly, RTI will prevent students who have true learning disabilities from receiving the specialized instruction they need.
As with any special educational issue that affects our children. we parents must become experts on RTI. We must educate ourselves, ask questions, and document what we are told."
There are numerous sections to this article that provide good information & also a parent's perspective on RTI. In working with parents, I am hearing stories of schools having weak Reading First & RTI programs. In other cases, schools do a poor job of explaining their RTI program & appear to use it to delay or stop referrals for special education evaluations.