No More “Waiting to Fail”
The article reports on the Response to Intervention (RTI) method of determining students' eligibility for special educational services under U.S. law. The author provides historical information on passage of the Education of All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) as well as trends in identification of students who qualify for special education under these acts. RTI is an alternative method of identification based on prevention. It calls for primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions, including research-based instruction and assessment, additional personalized instruction and monitoring, and comprehensive evaluation and recommendations, respectively. RTI's benefits are discussed and examples are provided.
Brown-Chidsey, R. (2007). No more “waiting to fail.” Educational Leadership, 65 (2), 40-46.