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May 18, 2009

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Susan Steinhauer

I propose schools implement Universal Design for Learning (Rose & Meyer, 2002)to assist teachers and ultimately students in the intended use of RTI.

Christine Gurnell

Databased decision-making is relevant with regard to special and general educators in order for them “…to determine the student’s skill level in areas of school importance necessary for students to achieve mastery in those areas needed to be successful in the educational environment” (Payne, Marks, & Bogan, 2007). Instructional planning needs to be the prime directive. Curriculum-based evaluations and several approaches have been developed with four common characteristics:

1. The measurement procedures assess students directly using the materials in which they are being instructed. This involves sampling items from the curriculum.
2. Administration of each measure is generally brief in duration (typically 1-5 mins.)
3. The design is structured such that frequent and repeated measurement is possible and measures are sensitive to change.
4. Data are usually displayed graphically to allow monitoring of student performance (Hall & Mengel, 2002).

As educators, we are fortunate to be teaching our students during this technological era. Computers have been a central component for storing and analyzing data, which in turn generates instruction that allows for student success.

References:

Hall, T., & Megel, M. (2002). Curriculum-based evaluations. National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum. Retrieved July 22, 2009, from http://www.cast.org/publications/ncac_curriculumbe.html

Payne, L.D., Marks, L.J., Bogan, B.L. (2007, Spring). Using curriculum-based assessment to address the academic and behavioral deficits of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Beyond Behavior. Retrieved July 22, 2009, from http//www.ccbd.net/documents/bb/BB16(3)%20Payne.pdf

rebecca.paine@waldenu.edu

Joseph,
I enjoyed your post. I think you have simplified and easily explained the response to intervention process and given the basics in an identifiable and measurable substance. I think this is useful in training teachers the basics of RTI. I think that progress monitoring is important in the goals for RTI. I think a lot of teachers use CBA in their pre and post assessments of learning units. Most importantly, it is imperative to track students achievement so that the data can be a decisive element in the continued RTI.

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