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ERIC Number: ED543520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-15
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The ABCs of RTI: Elementary School Reading--A Guide for Parents
Mellard, Daryl F.; McKnight, Melinda A.; Deshler, Donald D.
National Research Center on Learning Disabilities
Many schools are beginning to use Response to Intervention (RTI) in the classroom, and educators have found that it has made a difference for many students. The purpose of RTI is to identify those children who are struggling in school and to ensure that each of those children receive just the right instruction or intervention to be successful. This pamphlet has been prepared to help you understand RTI. It can help you to ask the right questions about RTI and to understand how this approach is being used with your child. Screening (testing) all children in a school helps identify students who may need extra help. Teachers choose specific materials or methods (the instruction or intervention) to use with children needing this extra help. Then, teachers and staff carefully keep track of whether or not the children are doing better and making progress when these materials and methods are used. Listed on this report are the important RTI characteristics, or practices, and the page number where more information is located. Throughout this booklet, you also will find sections called "A Brief Visit to Feynman Elementary School" that will give you some examples of what RTI practices might look like in the classroom. Also included are questions you might ask your child's school. These questions are also at the end of the pamphlet, with space added so you can write answers and add your own questions. (Contains 7 resources.) [Contributors include Lou Danielson, Judy Shanley, Lisa Gorove, and Connie K. Hawkins.]
National Research Center on Learning Disabilities. J.R. Pearson Hall, 1122 West Campus Road Room 517, Lawrence, KS 66045-3101. Tel: 785-864-4780; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on Learning Disabilities