Teaching can be driven by data

Using data to guide the way children with learning disabilities are taught can be effective in mainstream schools, argue Douglas Fuchs and Lynn Fuchs

FOR MANY PEOPLE, RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (or RTI) represents a fundamental rethinking and reshaping of general education into a multilevel system that focuses on early intervention and prevention. RTI is a three-level (or three-tier) teaching system, with each of the levels being distinguished by the distinctiveness of the instruction that is being delivered and the skills they require of the teachers.

What we know
● Special education can be the most intensive instructional level in an RTI framework.
● Special education teachers must learn to intensify teaching using data-based, hypothesis-testing approaches.
● Increasing teaching time or reducing group size is not the answer.

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October 2013