Introduction to the Training Series Using RTI in SLD Determination North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Special Education Office Introduction to the Series Welcome • Gerry Teevens, ND Department of Public Instruction, Special Education Director Background IDEA Regulations state that: • A State must adopt, consistent with 34 CFR 300.309, criteria for determining whether a child has a specific learning disability as defined in 34 CFR 300.8(c)(10). In addition, the criteria adopted by the State: Must not require the use of a severe discrepancy between intellectual ability and achievement for determining whether a child has a specific learning disability, as defined in 34 CFR 300.8(c)(10); • • Must permit the use of a process based on the child’s response to scientific, research-based intervention; and May permit the use of other alternative research-based procedures for determining whether a child has a specific learning disability, as defined in 34 CFR 300.8(c)(10). Background We have been sharing the step by step progress towards guidelines and training for this process with our IDEA Advisory Panel. It has taken quite a while to get to this point, but we have been careful about the process which represents a big change for many in special education and have had input along the way from many ND educators. Administrative Rules for the process were developed and are available at: http://www.legis.nd.gov/information/acdata/pdf/67-2306.pdf?20131018113516 Hearings on the rules were held in four ND locations and the rules were adopted in June 2012 by the ND Administrative Rules Committee which includes members of the Legislature. Background A workgroup has assisted us through the phases of this project and some of the members are trainers in this series of sessions. In 2012, several of the workgroup members led local pilot testing of procedural steps in their own districts/special education units with students suspected of having learning disabilities. What they learned through this process has informed the guidelines and the training content for this series of web conference sessions. Guidelines for this process were drafted in 2012 and reviewed by DPI personnel during Spring, 2013. It has taken a while, but we are ready for training personnel who will guide the process in schools. Overview of the Training Sessions • Session 1: Utilizing RTI as Part of Eligibility Determination in Identifying Specific Learning Disabilities • Tricia Lee, Ph.D., Special Education Director, Grand Forks Public Schools Overview of the Training Sessions • Session 2: Overview of SLD Determination Using an RTI Model • Dawn Miller, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) District Coordinator, West Fargo Public Schools Overview of the Training Sessions • Session 3: Using RTI in SLD Determination - Rate of Improvement (ROI) • Session 4: Rule Out Factors Annette Kost, School Psychologist, Morton-Sioux Special Education Unit Brenda Lipp, School Psychologist, Bismarck Public Schools Julie Kost, School Psychologist, Bismarck Public Schools Overview of the Training Sessions • Session 5: Case Studies and the Integrated Written Assessment Report • Session 6: Guidelines, Administrative Rules, Frequently Asked Questions Other individuals who will be involved in the sessions include: Mary Stammen and Linda Jenkins, Special Education Directors Gerry Teevens, Bob Rutten and Brenda Oas, ND DPI Thank You On behalf of North Dakota DPI, I want to express our appreciation to the many people who have been involved in the work on guidelines, in the field testing process, and in the preparation and delivery of this training. We know we will benefit from the input and information sharing with those in the training cohort.