I sat in a meeting this morning discussing a student who definitely needs additional support. The question soon became whether she needs special education or not. As we continued our discussion it became apparent that she hasn’t had much intervention and we know based on her history, that she hasn’t had a great educational past.
My school is officially starting RTI in a few weeks. We discussed whether this student would benefit from RTI support. She definitely would- she’s reading at the middle of first grade level as a fourth grader- but now we’re running into scheduling issues. The student needs math intervention as well as reading intervention. While she gets ESL services, it appears she doesn’t get much instruction from her general education teacher. This makes the decision about what services to provide more difficult.
I would love to work with this child in special education, but RTI was put in place to help determine whether a student really has a disability or not. I want to ensure that everything at the school level has been done before we move forward with more testing and more intensive services.
I’m hoping that my school can continue to move forward with RTI and begin to work well within this framework. I understand how frustrating it can be to wait for weeks to see if the intervention is working, but it can also have a huge impact on a number of students.
Here’s hoping for the best!