In other referral processes teachers and parents and

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weeks of identification of an achievement gap. In other referral processes, teachers and parents and administrators have to wait for the child to fail. They cannot qualify for special education unless they have a learning disability. And if they do fail, they do not receive the same kind of one on one or small group interventions that are used in RTI. Another advantage is that the intervention methods used are ones that have been proved to work through research evidence. This ensures proper instruction
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for the students. If a student was doing poorly because the teacher was not providing the correct instruction, this method with reduce that problem. The teacher must now teach their small groups using the intervention methods. They might find this method works better for these students. On the same note, teachers may find they like the new methods they learn better than the ones they were originally using and will change to using the new methods with their whole class. There are also some advantages to immediate referral. If the child in question does have a learning disability that interferes with school or their social life, they will almost immediately be put into special education. If their scores on the evaluations reflect a problem serious enough for help right away, there is no waiting for them to fail. They already have and so can begin to receive help much earlier than if they went through the entire RTI process. My mother works at an elementary school as a classroom aide. She works with children who receive special education every day and has seen the process that the school uses for children who show an achievement gap. From what she told me, it sounds like they use the referral process described in the book. She said first the child must be referred for evaluation by a teacher or parent. Then they are given a standardized test. Then everyone gets together and discusses if an Individualized Education Plan should be implemented. It is a very rough outline, but that is a general referral plan. She seemed to think
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