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August 31, 2009

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Lauren

I can see the promise of RTI if it is done properly. My school has taken some steps to develop RTI but is not doing this at the present time. There are some teachers who believe that our school is doing RTI. We do short cycle assessments and then provide interventions to those scoring within the third tier. This is not RTI as I understand it.

My school uses Aimsweb with our students on IEPs only. But once again I don't see this as RTI because we have not been trained to use the data to provide interventions. We just use it by testing students three times a year. It provides us with data for IEPs and for parents. I believe we could use this in a more effective manner.

I also see the role of the special education and general education teachers changing. I think the general education teacehrs will be providing more services to the IEP students. The special education teachers will be providing interventions for the lowest of the students.

Megan

I have found this blog entry particularly interesting and extremely helpful! I currently work in a school system where RTI is not very well-defined. I can see through discussions with educators from different school systems that properly implemented RTI programs really are successful. I feel that my school system is headed in the right direction but it's educators could use some more professional training in order to be more effective. I had never heard of universal screening before and find it to be something that I am going to bring up in my next schools faculty meeting. The only word we ever hear is testing, testing testing. Screening seems like a very productive process.

Allison

As a special educator in high school, I don't see a lot of RTI taking place. I do see more and more students coming into the high school who have been labeled with a disability. So I'm not really sure how well these RTIs are working. It does concern me also that if RTIs are being used and if they are becoming more successful, will there eventually not be a special education anymore? I mean, it sounds crazy, but what will happen to the population of special education if RTI is enough to help and support a majority of our special education students? Job security??? Not so sure anymore!:(

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