Dear readers I am happy to share some preliminary findings from the RTI project that I conducted this past school year. As I posted last September, I implemented a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) model for reading in an urban school in the northeast. The school is in a major metropolitan area and serves 86% of English language learners (ELL), mostly Spanish-speaking. We implemented the project with 10 major professional development sessions on RTI and differentiated instruction as well as adoption of evidenced-based reading program and practices. We conducted universal screening of oral reading fluency (ORF) using DIBELS and their benchmarking system and collected monthly ORF probes for all students from Oct. to May. Preliminary results suggest that of all students in K-5th grade in September only 50% meet benchmark for oral reading fluency using DIBELS recommended benchmarking system. After implementation, the number of students K-5th grade who meet benchmark went up to 62%. In addition, preliminary results of referral rates suggest a drop from 36 students in the 2006-2007 school year before RTI to 17 in the 2007-2008 first year of implementation. Although there may be many factors that influence these changes, this preliminary look is promising. I will be working on more detailed manuscripts around this data and implementation project in the next few months.
For now enjoy the upcoming school year and the last few days of summer!
Claudia is the Endowed Joan Wieler Arno 49 Professor at Lasell University. She is currently a full professor of education and chair of the Education Program. Claudia has been a teacher, researcher, consultant, and professor of special education.