Parent knowledge of and experiences with response to intervention


Response to intervention (RtI) is an approach to screening and intervention for students who are falling behind, typically in reading and math. It may be used as one method for determining if a child has a specific learning disability and needs special education. Research indicates that RtI is an effective tiered-level framework for addressing academic and behavioral needs of children, but little research has examined parents' understanding of RtI. A survey and a mixed-method design was used to assess parent knowledge and experience. Parents reported that they had received little information about RtI, lacked knowledge, and did not have a favorable impression of the framework. School districts need to improve communication with parents about the RtI process. Social workers can play an important role in promoting better communication.

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Children and Schools