OSEP Memo – Timely Evaluations in the RTI World

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.

Considerations?
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.

One Reply to “OSEP Memo – Timely Evaluations in the RTI World”

  1. I am trying to access the Quick Link for the RTI Memo of January 1911. I believe the school is using RTI as a tactic to delay making a decision concerning my child. They said it will take 24 weeks and they are 12 weeks into it, but I have had no feedback. Can you help me or tell me what I can do about it??

    A great-grandmother (74) raising my 8 year old great-grandson.

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