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October 18, 2010 ACTION UPDATE

Linking Progress Monitoring Results to Intervention

Progress-monitoring assessment is of little use to the classroom teacher without continual analysis of the data to determine the appropriate intervention and level of intensity for each student. In this article, Jennifer M. Mahdavi and Diane Haager provide insight into how teachers can use data to make meaningful instructional decisions and highlight two related case studies.

Successful RTI Implementation in Middle Schools

In the latest Voices from the Field story, Principal Jessica Griffin details the challenges and successes that her fifth grade center in Kansas has experienced in their second year of RTI implementation. She emphasizes that professional development has been and continues to be a critical piece of the RTI process. Read more to find helpful tips and recommendations as you implement RTI.
Upcoming RTI Talk: RTI for Gifted Students
October 19, 2010 at 1 p.m. ET

Because RTI is a multifaceted approach addressing students' comprehensive academic and behavioral needs, it can serve as a model for increasing the quality and level of services for all students, including those who are gifted and talented. Join Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during our next RTI Talk as she answers your questions about using RTI as a means to ensure gifted and talented students have opportunities to make continual growth. Dr. Coleman will also offer tips based on lessons she has learned about meeting the needs of gifted students within an RTI framework.

Submit advance questions for the RTI Talk now or simply join the chat live on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 1 p.m. ET.


We are beginning the use of universal screeners this school year. Should students on IEP's complete universal screeners with the agreed upon testing accommodations in the IEP?

Dr. Evelyn Johnson states that when deciding whether it is appropriate to use accommodations on a test, it is important to consider the purpose of the test. Read more to understand when accommodations would be appropriate and when they might invalidate the screening results.


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Dr. Dawn Miller's latest blog focuses on the role of fidelity of implementation in RTI. She expands on her earlier post about Communities of Practice to demonstrate how collaborating on drafting a series of position statements enabled members to share their beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. See what they developed and discover how to generate your own discussions with colleagues about RTI implementation fidelity using these position statements.


ASHA Convention
The American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention is taking place November 18–20, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are a number of sessions on Response to Intervention, collaboration and many other topics that may be of interest to a wide range of participants. For more information, please see the ASHA Convention Web site.

Instruction Tools Chart
The National Center on Response to Intervention has released an Instruction Tools Chart. This chart represents the results of the first annual review of research studies of instructional programs by the Center's Technical Review Committee (TRC). The chart provides ratings on the quality of studies demonstrating efficacy for instructional programs used within an RTI context. The Center publishes this tools chart to assist educators and families in becoming informed consumers who can select instructional programs that best meet their individual needs. Please note that the Center does not endorse or recommend the programs included in the chart.

New Screening Tools Chart
The National Center on Response to Intervention has released their 2010 Screening Tools Chart. The information in the chart is intended to assist educators and practitioners in making informed decisions about scientifically based tools that best meet their individual needs. This chart represents the results of the third annual review of screening tools by the Center's Technical Review Committee.

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