Getting Clear on Response to Intervention (RTI)

By Kori Hamilton and Elaine Mulligan National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) There seems to be some confusion as to what Response to Intervention is and how teachers and schools can use this approach to help children. So, let’s start with some basics: RTI is not an action verb. You cannot RTI a student to support his or her learning and behavioral needs. RTI is not a place or a room in your school; you cannot send … [Read more...]

The Legal Basis of Response to Intervention: Analysis and Implications

September 2013Read the article (PDF) About this ArticleThe Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004 makes significant and controversial changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Two very significant changes in this law are provisions that (a) allow school districts to spend up to 15% of their IDEA Part B funds on early intervening services in general education settings and (b) prohibit states … [Read more...]

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