Can you tell me what these mean? IDEA and RTI
Based on your question, I suspect you are quite new to this field.
Start with the Basics
IDEA. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
If you have a child with special needs, per IDEA, the school district is supposed to evaluate your child.
RTI. Response to Intervention
If your child is suspected of having a learning disability (LD), the school district may use the discrepancy between the child’s IQ and educational performance as one basis to determine the child is eligible and qualifies for an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
But the school may also use a process known as Response to Intervention (RTI) to see if that LD child is eligible for an IEP.
The definition of LD is in IDEA at 20 U.S.C 1401(30) and the law about RTI is in 20 U.S.C 1414(b)(6).
Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, page 55 and page 97.
Now, Do This…
Go to the website at www.wrightslaw.com and search for each of these terms in our google search box on every page.
You will be flooded with hundreds of files.
For more definitions, use the Wrightslaw Glossaries.
Glossary of Special Education and Legal Terms
Glossary of Assessment Terms
Glossary of Tests and Assessments
Scroll down the left hand margin on wrightslaw.com.
You will see headings such as Law Library which has a link to IDEA 2004.
Scroll down to Topics. Again, you’ll find IDEA 2004 and RTI.
Remember, the only stupid question is one that is never asked. Thanks for asking.