ERIC Number: EJ780372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 36
Introduction to Response to Intervention: What, Why, and How Valid Is It?
Fuchs, Douglas; Fuchs, Lynn S.
Reading Research Quarterly, v41 n1 p93-99 Jan-Mar 2006
On December 3, 2004, President Bush signed into law the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA, 2004). The revised law is different from the previous version in at least one important respect. Whereas practitioners were previously encouraged to use IQ-achievement discrepancy to identify children with learning disabilities (LD), they now may use "Response to Intervention," or RTI, a new, alternative method. It is also a means of providing early intervention to all children at risk for school failure. In this article, the authors explain important features of RTI, why it has been promoted as a substitute for IQ-achievement discrepancy, and what remains to be understood before it may be seen as a valid means of LD identification.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Intelligence Quotient, Legislation, High Risk Students, Disability Identification, Reading Consultants, Instructional Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Reading Instruction, Problem Solving
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004
IES Cited: ED507315