RTI Trap and How to Get a Special Education Evaluation
Fortunately this does not happen in our district, but it happens in many throughout the country. Too often parents hear, no we cannot evaluate your child for special education until we finish RTI. Watch this cute, but all too true video of what often happens — No!!!
The process to ask for a special education evaluation is complex and too often obstacles are put up that are not real Back in 2011, Melody Musgrove, who was then and still is the Director of the Federal Office of Special Education, made it very clear in this letter, Response to Intervention or RTI cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation.
If the policy is so clear, why do so many parents get misled. More often they are told that the Response to Intervention process must be completed before the school will decide whether to initiate a special education evaluation.
How can this happen when the policy is as clear as it could be — too many parents are not informed, empowered and proactive. The Melody Musgrove letter is clear.
On our RTI Trap web page , we discuss this further and provide a sample letter a parent can use to expedite the special education evaluation process.
Click here to get to the RTI Trap