The Legal Meaning of Specific Learning Disability for Special Education Eligibility

April 2012Read the article (PDF)About This ArticleStudents with specific learning disability (SLD) continue to account for a higher proportion of all special education enrollments than any other classification under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Probably the most frequent topic in the special education literature since the 2004 amendments to IDEA has been the movement toward a response-to-intervention (RTI) approach for identifying … [Read more...]

State Laws and Guidelines for Implementing RTI

April 2012Read the article (PDF)About This ArticleThe article discusses a study of U.S. state education agency (SEA) guidelines and state laws regarding the identification of students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) through response to intervention (RTI) programs. The study examined the classification systems for state laws and SEA guidelines and presented this information in several graphs and data tables in the article. The article details … [Read more...]

State Laws for RTI: An Updated Snapshot

April 2012Read the article (PDF)About This ArticleThe article discusses U.S. state laws for response to intervention (RTI). According to the author, RTI is considered to be more effective than the severe discrepancy approach when assessing student eligibility for special education. Topics include an overview of the specific learning disabilities (SLD) procedures outlined in the 2004 Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which no longer … [Read more...]

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 use of RTI to identify students with LD: Review of the research

In the Use of RTI to Identify Students with Learning Disabilities: A Review of the Research, Drs. Doug Dexter and Charles Hughes present the regularly stated criticisms of the current LD identification methods and review the latest research on the impact of RTI as a method for LD identification. They explore whether that research addresses the concerns and criticisms its proponents have about the use of the IQ discrepancy method or if additional research … [Read more...]

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