17. Response to Intervention Success

A progressive for-profit group under Global Scholar continues to release reports on progress made in American Schools as to the implementation of Response to Intervention.  The fourth annual report is supported by NASDE, CASE, AASA and RTI Action Network.  The report, based on survey data, was issued electronically to interested parties.  Accordingly, results showed:

* 68% of school respondents indicated implementation of RTI programs at various stages of development.


* 80% reported full implementation is happening in elementary schools


* Reading is the domain most often addressed by RTI programmers.


* 80% report reduction in special education referrals.


School speech-language pathologists should check with their local 

districts to see how they can contribute.  RTI can be used ethically 

to reduce SLI caseloads, addressing the SLI goal of the prevention of 

communication disorders in the larger society.  However, SLPs need 

to be flexible on their role expectations. Collaborative education is 


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