I thought you may be interested in a new article by U.S.News & World Report education writer, Steve Yaccino. Steve details the methods that the “response to intervention” program employs to identify and avaluate students at risk for learning disabilities, and what challenges the program is up against.
New Strategy to Keep Kids Out of Special Ed
"Response to intervention" aims to determine students' weaknesses before they fall behind
The approach, called response to intervention, uses research-based instruction, data collection, and multiple tiers of intense tutoring to catch struggling students before they need to be placed in special education classes. But implementing RTI successfully presents many challenges, especially in schools with limited resources, and classroom teachers have been generally slow to embrace the method, fearing its emphasis on data could interfere with their quality of instruction.
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