My 6 year old son has had an IEP since last year. Now the school wants to meet for an RTI. Is this correct – or should we be meeting to update the IEP?
NOT SO FAST!
The school cannot unilaterally discontinue your son’s special ed services unless you go along.
RTI is not special education, so it is not equivalent to nor a substitute for special education.
You need to educate yourself about legal requirements for eligibility – how these decisions are made – before you can be an effective advocate for your son.
Before the school determined that your child WAS eligible for special ed services, they were required to do a comprehensive evaluation and assess all areas of suspected disability.
Before the school can determine that your son is NOT eligible for special ed services, they are required to do a comprehensive evaluation and assess all areas of suspected disability.
- Has the school completed this comprehensive evaluation?
- Do you have a copy?
- Do you agree with the findings?
If you don’t agree, you may need to get an independent educational evaluation.
Please read this article about Terminating Eligibility.
You should also read Is RTI Equivalent to Special Education?
Video: Response to Intervention (RTI) for a child with a disability and whether RTI may be used to delay an evaluation of a child with special needs in order to determine if the child is eligible for an Individualized Education Program (IEP).