Presentation on theme: "Using RTI Data to Inform Eligibility"— Presentation transcript:
1 Using RTI Data to Inform Eligibility Dr. Evelyn JohnsonBoise State University
2 What is the National Center on RTI? The National Center on RTI is a 5 year Technical Assistance (TA) Center funded through a cooperative agreement with the Office of Special Education Program (OSEP)’s Research to Practice Division and is part of OSEP’s National Technical Assistance and Dissemination NetworkThis presentation is sponsored in part by the National Center on Response to Intervention. The National Center on RTI is a 5 year TA Center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is part of the national Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network. The National Center on RTI is based at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC in partnership with the Fuchs at Vanderbilt and Don Deshler and Daryl Mellard at the University of Kansas. Nancy Safer is the director of the National Center on RTI.
3 The website has a variety of resources on RTI related topics, including reviews of screening and progress monitoring tools. On the website, you can sign up for the RTI Responder, a monthly electronic newsletter. Once you are signed up for the RTI Responder, you will also receive blasts alerting you to new products and resources as they are posted. Posted on the website is contact information (both an address and a toll-free number) for the National Center on RTI; please send an or call with any questions you may have regarding the implementation of RTI.
4 NCRTI MissionTo build state capacity and support for implementing RTI in local districts and schools by serving as a central source of knowledge, expertise, and research-based information for educators, administrators, and parents.The mission of the National Center on RTI is to build state capacity and support for implementing RTI in local districts and schools by serving as a central source of knowledge, expertise, and research-based information for educators, administrators, and parents. Their strategies for accomplishing this mission include identifying and evaluating RTI components for identifying and serving students with or at risk for a learning disability identification; providing ongoing technical assistance to states to support the implementation of RTI in classrooms, schools, and local districts nationally; and to disseminate information about proven and promising RTI models to interested stakeholders across the country. The website at is one way that they disseminate information about RTI.
5 Defining RTIResponse to intervention (RTI) integrates assessment and intervention within a multi‑level prevention system to maximize student achievement and reduce behavioral problems.(National Center on Response to Intervention)
7 Purposes of RTI School reform framework Early identification and preventionDisability determination
8 What are we trying to prevent? Instructional casualties – Working to ensure that students receive effective instruction to prevent learning difficulties that later become intractable.
9 Federal Definition of SLD A specific learning disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia. Specific learning disability does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage. (34 CFR Sec (c)(10))
10 One State’s Approach to Operationalizing the SLD Definition CharacteristicCriteriaMethodNot due to other factorsAppropriate instructionEvidence that team considered external factorsRTI dataScreening dataImperfect ability to learnLow achievement (adverse impact)Academic AssessmentBasic disorder in psychological processPattern of strengths and weaknessesComprehensive EvaluationOne State’s Approach to Operationalizing the SLD Definition
11 What is RTI Data?Screening to initially identify students at-risk and establish effective corePM data to determine response and establish interventions are effectiveOutcome data to establish instructional program efficacySchool-wide, Multi-level Instructional System for Preventing School FailurePrimarySecondaryTertiaryScreeningProgress MonitoringData-Based Decision Making for:InstructionMovement within the multi-level systemDisability identification (in accordance with state law)
12 Standards for Data Screening Progress Monitoring Outcome Reliability Alternate forms have high reliabilityMinimal Measurement ErrorValidityDoes screening predict outcome?Does growth predict outcome?Does measure represent construct?FidelityIs core delivered as intended?Are interventions effective?Is instructional program effective?
13 A Case Study: CedricThis data helps establish that the core instructional program is generally effective for most students.
14 A Case Study: CedricThis data describes the intensity, frequency and duration of the Tier 2 intervention.
15 Progress MonitoringReviewing the collective progress of the group of students who receive intervention demonstrates that many of the students are benefitting from Tier 2 intervention.
17 What RTI Data Tells Us About Cedric Has not achieved grade level performance standardsCore instruction is generally effectiveWas not responsive to an interventionRequires further assessment to determine the nature, extent and underlying causesInforms individualized instructional planning
18 Questions? National Center on Response to Intervention Evelyn Johnson, Ed.D.