Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together RTI and the Special Education Referral Process in Alief ISD. Presenters. Tysh Black M. Ed – Special Ed. Assessment Coordinator Darlene Breaux M.Ed – RtI Coordinator Roz Fink M.A.T – Special Ed. Assessment Coordinator
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Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together
RTI and the Special Education Referral Process in Alief ISD
The practice of providing high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs
using learning rate over time
and level of performance
inform educational decisions
IDEA Partnership July 2007
The practice of meeting the academic and behavioral needs of all students through a variety of services containing the following key elements:
High quality instruction and scientific research-based tiered interventions aligned with individual student needs
Frequent monitoring of student progress to make results-based academic and/or behavioral decisions
Application of student response data to important educational decisions (such as those regarding placement, intervention, curriculum, and instructional goals and methodologies) RTI Division of Curriculum TEA
Teach all children effectively
Adopt a problem-solving methodology
Use a multi-tier model of service delivery
Integrated data collection/assessment system
In the Classroom
Core Instructional Interventions available to ALL students in the General Education Classroom
Universal Screening & Progress Monitoring
Implemented with Fidelity
This gives us confidence that it will be effective with
a majority of students.
Areas of focus:
Reading – phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension
Math – problem solving, fluency, conceptual
knowledge, and communication/reasoning
What is the Role of the Alief ISD Campus-based intervention specialists?
* Please note that the roles and responsibilities may differ at the secondary level and may change based upon additional research done on RtI at the secondary level.
Alief ISD used ARRA Funding to fund both central and campus based positions.
3 Options for campus based specialists
Meet weekly to review folders submitted with multi-tiered interventions.
Collaborative training efforts district wide and campus based.
Participated in planning meetings to support the transition of students from the RtI process to a referral for special education.
Team effort support for campuses struggling with the implantation process.
Student Teacher Assistance Team – STAT
The STAT team is the group of knowledgeable individuals at the campus that meet to oversee the RtI process. These meetings are lead by the RtI Specialists.
STAT forms were created to ensure consistency of the process at each campus.
These campus based teams meet regularly to review student data and progress.
RtI Specialist (Chair)
Ad Hoc Members
PASS Specialists (behavior)
Others as needed
Is our instruction working?
If not, how do we need to change it?
If so, is the student catching up to his/her peers?
How far behind is a student?
What resources are needed?
What types of interventions and levels of intensity are necessary?
Principal and administrator trainings
Monthly Specialists trainings (Topics included)
Monthly campus visits to support specialists and STAT teams with implementation.
Next steps for RtI is the creation of a district wide web-based data collection system that includes attendance, report cards, test history, interventions, dyslexia and 504 eligibilities.
Develop standard interventions across tiers due to high mobility within our district and to support a standardized tracking system.
Introductory letter sent at the beginning of the school year
Individual letter sent to specific parents regarding students entry into the STAT/RtI process
Parent Letter for Tier 2 Interventions
Parent Letter for Tier 3 Interventions
Florida Center For Reading Research (FCRR)
IDEA Partnership website
What Works Clearinghouse
William N. Bender & Cara Shores - Response to
Intervention A Practical Guide for Every Teacher
Susan L. Hall – A Principal’s Guide Implementing
Response to Intervention
TEA website - 2008-2009 Response to Intervention
Guidance document RtI in Texas