The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently sent a letter on November 17, 2016 to school districts urging them to not delay or deny special education referrals in order to complete Response to Intervention strategies (RTI).
In its November 2016 letter, TEA stated: “There have been reports that some school districts may be delaying or denying special education referrals in order to complete RTI strategies. As stated in the Parent’s Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process, a child does not need to advance through each tier of the RTI system before a referral for special education is made. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has advised that it would be inconsistent with the evaluation provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for a school district to reject a referral and delay an initial evaluation on the basis that a student has not participated in an RTI framework. Once it is apparent that general education interventions are not sufficient, school personnel should suspect that the child has a disability and should initiate a referral.”
Link below from the Texas Classroom Teachers Association summarizing the letter from the Texas Education Agency.
Link below to the November 17 letter-The information about Special Education Referrals and Response to Intervention is at the bottom of the letter.