The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), has recently published a memo regarding RTI and timely evaluations. We have highlighted some of the important aspects of the memo below.
What’s in the memo?
The intent of this memo is to provide information clarifying the relationship between RTI and evaluations pursuant to the IDEA. It addresses the issue of districts using Response to Intervention strategies to delay a timely initial evaluation.
Why is the memo important?
It provides good reminders to districts regarding time lines for evaluation and the provision of prior written notice before testing or when the district denies a request for evaluation.
Take some time to review the procedures and practices in your district to ensure that your districts implementation of RTI strategies is appropriate, and “is not delaying or denying a timely initial evaluation of children suspected of having a disability.”
Quick Link: RTI Memo
If you have any other questions or concerns regarding the topic above, please contact the ESC Region XIII compliance team at 512-919-5177.