The MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) or RTI (Response to Intervention)process will be difficult to manage with online schooling. We will post updates when it becomes clearer
If your child has the qualifying conditions for Special Education Services, we suggest you start with a letter requesting an evaluation Download draft letter to request evaluation
It is not yet clear how schools will respond, but if you mail your request by certified mail and request a signature — you will initiate the process.
Background Information on Special Education Evaluations
MTSS /RTI cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation is what this 2011 letter from the Office of Special Education Programs clearly says. Unfortunately schools are still using RTI this way.
Back in 2011, the process was called RTI or Response to Intervention. The term MTSS or Multi-Tiered System of Support is now used
The challenge is that even with an aggressive effort, your child may not get the required plan in place until Spring. Therefore, we recommend parents consider a two step plan:
1- If your child has an attention, anxiety or similar challenge, consider asking for a 504 Plan, as an interim step, to provide the necessary accommodations. Note, a letter from a doctor confirming the qualifying condition and the need for a 504 Plan is needed. Here is an excellent article from Understood.org on how to get a 504 Plan
2- Put the request in writing for a special education evaluation– we would recommend doing this immediately- here is a draft letter you can modify for your purposes and the letter from OSEP
3- By doing this, you can increase the chances to get an IEP or Individualized Education Plan in place this school year
4- Continue to push to complete the MTSS process ASAP. Often schools need 8 data points before reviewing whether an intervention is working. We have seen this take 16 to 24 weeks or shortened to 8 weeks by asking for a weekly data point collection process. Note, there is no legal requirement for how long the process could or should be.
5- Follow-up in an assertive and collaborative way
Any questions, call us at 561-361-7495
If you would like help either with our Parent Advocacy Effort or with our Intensive Training, we recommend:
- Completing our no cost Success Assessment — that will provide us with valuable information on how your child learns best and whether your child has an attention, eye-teaming or related challenge. Make sure to do this with your child — their answers may surprise you. You can access the assessment at Success Assessment
- Call us at 561-361-7495