Superintendent's Memo #045-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

February 27, 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 two monographs to the agency’s Response to Intervention (RTI) website. The documents are entitled: The Two Models of RTI: Standard Protocol and Problem Solving, by Dr. Edward. S. Shapiro, and Universal Screening as a Component of Response to Intervention, by Dr. Evelyn Johnson and Dr. Daryl F. Mellard. Both monographs were exclusively prepared for the Virginia Department of Education and are supplemental resources to Virginia’s RTI guidance document: Responsive Instruction: Refining Our Work of Teaching All Children, Virginia’s “Response to Intervention” Initiative.

The research on RTI indicates that two models have been extensively implemented across the country: Problem Solving and Standard Protocol. Problem Solving is a practice that uses the talents of experts from different educational disciplines to analyze student achievement, implement scientifically based interventions, and assess the impact on student achievement. When using the Standard Protocol approach, a school uses pre-determined scientifically based interventions in a specific order with identified students. The RTI monograph devoted to these two models compares and contrasts these approaches and provides information and guidance for RTI school divisions which continue with the RTI implementation initiative.

The RTI monograph related to universal screening defines what a screening tool is and the role of screening within a RTI model. There is also information concerning standards for judging a high-quality screener, as well as a section on the challenges associated with RTI implementation. These monographs are available at: The website also includes the agendas and PowerPoint presentations from our RTI pilot training sessions.

For additional information, please contact Susan M. Trulove, Office of Student Services, via e-mail or by telephone at (804) 786-0720.

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