The move in many school divisions to “response to intervention” approaches has had significant impact on the way in which schools intervene early with students who are struggling academically. The process for determining if a child is eligible for special education and related services, particularly eligibility as a child with a specific learning disability (SLD), has also been impacted by these approaches. Response to Intervention (RTI) often goes by the term “responsive instruction” or RI.
Formed families of children and youth with disabilities should understand the RTI processes at their children’s schools.
These resources provide some guidance:
- Virginia Department of Education, Responsive Instruction: Refining our Work of Teaching All Children- Virginia’s “Response to Intervention” Initiative.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities, Parent Rights in the Era of RTI.
- U.S. Office of Special Education Programs Assessment Toolkit- Responsiveness to Intervention in the SLD Determination Process