Learning Disabilities — The RTI Trap Delays Evaluation for Special Education
Thus article is designed to help parents to beat The RTI Trap,
Specific Learning Disabilities used to be relatively easy to be assessed for. Then in 2004, IDEA (Individual with Disabilities Education Act) included a section on Response to Intervention. In Florida, Response to Intervention is a three tiered effort that includes:
- Tier 1 where a general education teacher tries different strategies, if that fails to move a child towards grade level, the student moves to …
- Tier 2 where another teacher comes in to the classroom to try more intensive intervention — if that fails to move a child towards grade level, the student moves to …
- Tier 3, where a child is often pulled out for more intensive intervention
Some schools told parents that their child would not be assessed until they got through Tier 3 and the student was not moving towards grade level.
We call this process the RTI Trap, because RTI can take a long, long time. The process can be as long as a piece of string.
Melody Musgrove, the former Director of OSEP, the Office of Special Education Programs, issued a very clear letter that says that RTI cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation. Click here for a copy of the letter that says that RTI Cannot Be Used to Delay or Deny an Evaluation.
For more information, we provide a copy of the letter, a more in-depth explanation of the RTI Trap and a letter that can be used to avoid the RTI Trap.