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RTI in the Era of the Common Core State Standards
February 19, 2014
Ask the Experts

Are there specific ethical standards regarding data use internally in schools?

Matthew Burns, Ph.D., responded “There are absolutely ethical standards and I appreciate you asking this question. Assessment issues are best interpreted through the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 1999), codes of ethics of the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, and federal laws...”

For more, read his full response here.

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In this new video, Dr. Stevan Kukic explores the relationship between the Response to Intervention (RTI) process and effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards. He asserts that establishing a multi-tier system of supports is essential not only for RTI, but also for ensuring students with learning and attention issues meet the new standards. Watch the video now!

Implement Your Plan
George Batsche of the University of South Florida offers information about the stages schools go through as they begin to change their processes when establishing a multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) to implement RTI. While no single method exists for plan implementation, Dr. Batsche shares helpful tips and a typical timetable to guide you in Implementing Your Plan.

Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families
How does a school system with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds ensure that the needs of all its members are met? The Recognition and Response model of pre-K RTI emphasizes the importance of establishing cultural competence and developing collaborative relationships. Learn more in Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families.

RTI Blog Progress Monitoring: Teacher and Student Reflections for Problem-Solving
The practice of monitoring student progress for instructional decision making is an essential component of a tiered system of support. In her latest blog post, Dawn Miller shares a set of questions to guide reflection during the basic problem-solving process and also offers reflection questions for students to more fully involve them in the progress monitoring process.

News and Announcements

State of Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities released the third edition of its State of Learning Disabilities report. This report is an essential resource for anyone who is concerned about the one in five children, adolescents and adults who are impacted by learning and attention issues, whether in school, at home and or in the workplace. New to this 3rd edition are sections about public perceptions of learning and attention issues as well as discussion of the impact of LD on post-secondary education and employment. Also included is a section that identifies emerging issues for which reliable data are urgently needed. Read the State of Learning Disabilities to learn more.

CASE Winter Conference
The Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc (CASE) Winter Conference, KEEPING UP IN CHANGING TIMES, will take place in Orlando, Florida, February 24-25, 2014. This year, CASE has moved from an on-site only Winter Institute to a Hybrid Winter Conference. The main purpose of this change in format is to provide cutting edge, policy rich, professional development to as many CASE members, potential members, and potential leaders as possible. The conference is set up with three days on three different, critical and timely topics:

Monday, February 24, 2014—Focus on Measuring and Evaluating Teacher/Staff Effectiveness
Tuesday, February 25, 2014—Impact of Common Core, Essential Elements and New Assessments
Wednesday, February 26, 2014—Public Education: How Will It Survive

Consider attending in Sunny Florida or being a Virtual Site…either way you will be a part of a great discussion on the future of Special Education! Go to for more information.

Strategic Consulting Services
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is now offering strategic consulting services providing individualized assistance to school, district, and state administration in a variety of forms. Working in collaboration with school leadership and other stakeholders, we recommend specific solutions for improving implementation efforts in areas such as MTSS, RTI and PBIS. Dr. Stevan Kukic, NCLD’s Director for School Transformation, facilitates a team of the best and brightest thought leaders available to provide these strategic consulting services. For more information, contact Steve Kukic.

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