RTI Solution to SLP Over-identification

The Providence Teachers Union covers the adoption of measures to reduce over-identification in Rhode Island.

First, RTI is promoted: “RTI may be a useful system to identify barriers to academic success before a child enters into special education, but cannot and should not be used to create barriers to special education services.”

Second, SLP services should be reclassified: “The elimination of speech language pathology is driven in part because of concerns about the overidentification of students into the special education category.  Overidentification prevention would best be done by a focus on literacy in the early grades and the creation of early intervention programs…”

“The regulations should include more standards on RTI programs to safeguard student rights and entitlements.”

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