8. SLP Collaboration

In our posts we have addressed issues of RTI implementation and role implications for school personnel. Spectrum K12 School Solutions is continuing to survey national RTI adoption rates. For its 2009 report it found adoption rates are rising.

HIGHLIGHTS

“In April 2009, 71% of respondents indicated their districts are either piloting, in the process of district-wide implementation or have RTI in district-wide use vs. 60% in 2008 and 44% in 2007.

RTI is being increasingly implemented across all grade levels with a significant increase in high school implementation compared to 2008 (51% having some level of implementation in 2009 compared to 16% in 2008)……..

Academic implementation leads behavior implementation by a large degree with reading more prevalent than math…

A majority of districts continue to report RTI implementation is being led through a unified effort between general education and special education…. “

NEW SURVEY

Spectrum K12 School Solutions’ current survey is being cosponsored by:

NASDSE (National Association of State Directors of Special Education)

AASA (American Association of School Administrators),

CASE (Council of Administrators of Special Education)

CONCLUSIONS

Here, we emphasize two points for special education personnel participating in cooperative school programs for “struggling students” who might be considered for special education eligibility:

1. Survey data help practitioners prepare for abrupt and significant changes in their role functions.

2. RTI programmers should advocate for the reduction of initial and continuing special education placements.

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