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Last Updated: 02/01/2018

IEP Issues - Response to Intervention (RTI)

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District Takes Care Labeling 'Learning Disabled' - The Tigard-Tualatin School District is a state and national leader in a new method known as Response to Intervention (RTI) used to identify learning disabled students. In the past, identifying and labeling a child as “learning disabled” involved finding the “point discrepancy” between a reading test score and an IQ score. However, the discrepancy number chosen is arbitrary with no consistent agreement between districts. Also, because many professional believe that a child has to be at least 9 years old before he can be tested, the “discrepancy approach” left many students struggling without help until they began to fail in the third or fourth grade. But, in Tigard and Tualatin, the points don’t matter.



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