As some of you may know, I have been implementing a RTI model in an urban setting for two years. In a recent analysis of data we were able to take a closer look at the referral rates on the year prior to RTI implementation and the last two years. The numbers are staggering dropping.
Pre-RTI year- 10% of the school population was referred as “Initial Referrals” to special education.
Year 1 RTI implementation- 5% of the school population represented “Initial Referrals” that year of the project.
Year 2 RTI implementation- 3% of the school population represented “Initial Referrals” that year of the project.
We are closing in on the end of the year benchmark assessment in oral reading fluency after year 2 implementation. Keep a close eye for updates soon.
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.