By Lynn Boyer
West Virginia Department of Education
In this final posting on RTI implementation from a state perspective, I want to reiterate three things.
First, a State Department of Education (SEA) may exert its considerable authority in directing systemic reform but will always do so through the vision and passions of the state schools’ chief. She or he must understand the potential that RTI has for changing the outcomes for all students and incorporate its use and language within the strategic plan that will guide the state’s work with the legislature, the state board of education, and the districts. For a state to use the premises of RTI and its established practices, the chief’s voice must be heard.