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ERIC Number: EJ898488
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
State Laws and Guidelines for Implementing RTI
Zirkel, Perry A.; Thomas, Lisa B.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v43 n1 p60-73 Sep-Oct 2010
The legal source of schools' use of response to intervention (RTI) is a matter of federal and state special education laws, although its implementation is largely a matter of general education practice. The only mention of RTI is in the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and it is limited to identification of students with specific learning disability (SLD). More specifically, IDEA delegates to each state the choice of approach for identifying children with SLD: (a) permitting or requiring RTI; (b) permitting or prohibiting evaluation based on a severe discrepancy between ability and achievement; and (c) omitting, permitting, or requiring a third alternative of other research-based procedures. The purpose of this study was to systematically synthesize the scope and standards for RTI in state laws and SEA guidelines, thus providing a more in-depth view of states' specific legal requirements and normative recommendations for implementing RTI as part of the SLD identification process. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act