Superintendent's Memo #097-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 10, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Announcement of the Posting of Response to Intervention (RTI) Resources to the Virginia Department of Education website

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the addition of its monograph RTI and the Special Education Eligibility Process: Frequently Asked Questions to the agency’s Response to Intervention (RTI) website. This monograph was prepared by VDOE staff members in collaboration with general and special education teachers and administrators in Virginia school divisions. It is designed to supplement VDOE’s primary RTI guidance document Responsive Instruction: Refining Our Work of Teaching All Children, which was sent to all school divisions in October 2007 and is posted on the VDOE Web site http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/response_intervention/index.shtml.

This monograph provides the legislative bases for using RTI practices in the special education eligibility process, and addresses a range of concerns from “Who is responsible for implementing RTI practices in a LEA?” to “What does RTI look like for preschool children who exhibit signs of delay or difficulty?” The fifteen questions in this monograph anticipate the major questions school division staff will have in adopting and refining RTI practices.

Questions regarding this monograph can be directed to Teresa Lee, via e-mail teresa.lee@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 371-8283 or Wayne Barry, via e-mail wayne.barry@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 692-0396.

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