16. RTI Success

Dick Nitsch, director of pupil services, reports (The Herald Times Reporter, January 2011) that  the Two Rivers School District in Wisconsin is at work implementing a Response To Instruction program making use of the three-tier model suggested by national experts and The No Child Left Behind Act.   “Response to Intervention (RtI) is an intervention framework that is designed to help students who may be struggling in core academic areas, for example language arts and math. The components of RtI have been underscored in the No Child Left Behind Act and have recently been added as a major component to the state of Wisconsin’s learning disability eligibility criteria.” 

Tier III (intensive) level of intervention provides more intensive services and targeted interventions…[and] typically involve the use of  specialists (for example Title I reading, special education, etc.)…” 

The overall plan is operated within general education.  No mention is made of how RTI data are used to place children in special education within the framework of IDEA 2004.  No mention is made of SLP participation.



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