Does the state have a RTI website? No.
Does the state have a RTI guidance document? No.
What does the state allow for SLD
determination? RTI and IQ Discrepancy
Does the state have an RTI Related SPDG
Does the state have RTI Components in its SPP
Indicator 2: Drop-out rates
Indicator 3: Assessment
Indicator 4: Suspension and expulsion
Indicator 5: School-aged LRE
Indicator 9: Disproportionality – special education by race
Indicator 10: Disproportionality – specific disability categories by race
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- Response-To-Intervention (RTI) As a Method of LD Identification: Four Case Studies (pdf)
- To illustrate different decisions within an RTI method of LD identification, Drs. Doug and Lynn Fuchs present four case studies set in a “Tennessee Elementary” school at first grade in the area of reading. Before presenting the case studies, they briefly describe the measure, the Tier 1 instructional context, and the nature of the Tier 2 diagnostic instructional trial used in the school’s RTI identification process. Drs. Doug and Lynn Fuchs developed this document for the Tennessee Department of Education in 2005.
- Operationalizing Response-To-Intervention (RTI) As a Method of LD Identification (pdf)
- This document presents an overview of the steps involved in using RTI as a method of LD identification. The steps outlined are: screening; implementing general education; monitoring responsiveness to general education; implementing a supplementary, diagnostic instructional trial; monitoring responsiveness to a supplementary, diagnostic instructional trial; and designation and classification of disability, and special education placement. The document also provides responses to several FAQs. Drs. Doug and Lynn Fuchs developed this document for the Tennessee Department of Education in 2005.
- Reading First in Tennessee: Q&A’s (pdf)
- This document describes the Three-tier Reading Model for Reading First as an effective way to implement RTI. Specifically, through the format of questions and answers, it provides information on: scientifically-based reading research; the components of effective reading instruction; using assessment to drive instruction; and professional development for Reading First. The document was developed by the Tennessee Department of Education.
- Tennessee Reading First Intervention Guide (pdf)
- The Tennessee Reading First Intervention Guide provides guidance on procedures for establishing a three-tier structure for reading instruction and intervention to ensure alignment of reading instruction and intervention with the Tennessee State Board of Education policy and State education standards. The guide includes sections that examine issues found in a RTI model including: interventions in Reading First schools; the three-tier model; assessment; selecting an intervention; and professional development. The guide was developed in 2006 by the Reading First in Tennessee Program, of the Tennessee Department of Education.
- Template for RTI Guidelines: School Districts or Schools Proposing to Use RTI to Identify Specific Learning Disabilities (pdf)
- This template provides guidance in submitting an RTI plan in Tennessee, which an LEA or individual school proposing to use the RTI model for the identification of learning disabilities must submit and have approved. The template includes sections on General Procedures, Tiers 1 through Tier 4, and Special Education Procedures, prompting users to provide descriptions of how their school or district intends to implement the model. In some sections, specific questions or prompts are given when a particular standard must be met prior to approval. The Tennessee State Department of Education adapted this template from the IRIS Center’s template for RTI Guidelines. This resource is housed with other Tennessee RTI resources on the Tennessee Department of Education’s website for Special Education Assessment.
- New Criteria for Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities Training PowerPoint (pdf)
- This presentation reviews the new criteria from the Tennessee State Board of Education for the identification of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), and discusses changes that impact the entire evaluation process from prereferral all the way to provision of special education services. Specifically, the presentation reviews the definition of SLD, the nine evaluation standards for SLD, and evaluation procedures and participants. It then discusses Procedural Addendum A: The Responsiveness to Intervention (RTI) Method of Identification (what a state-approved RTI method must include) and Procedural Addendum B: The IQ/Achievement Discrepancy Method of Identification (what evaluation using the discrepancy method must include). The presentation concludes by pointing to other resources for additional information. The presentation was developed by the Tennessee Department of Education in January 2008. This resource is housed with other Tennessee RTI resources on the Tennessee Department of Education’s website for Special Education Assessment.
- Archived Webex Training - Revisions to Learning Disabilities January 2008
- This Webex training session was hosted by Dr. Kathy Strunk, Ms. Ann SandersEakes, and Ms. Donna Parker, of the Tennessee department of Education, Division of Special Education, in January 2008. The session provides an overview of the changes to the process for identifying specific learning disabilities. It then discusses the use of two tools developed by the Tennessee Department of Education to aid districts and schools in the implementation of RTI: (1) Template for RTI Guidelines: School Districts or Schools Proposing to Use Response to Intervention To Identify Specific Learning Disabilities; and (2) Indicators of School Readiness for Response to Intervention (RTI) Implementation: Self-Assessment.
- RTI Planning Checklist (pdf)
- This RTI Planning Checklist was developed by the Hardeman County school district, an RTI Demonstration Site in Tennessee. It is intended as a tool to guide schools and districts in assessing their needs and planning the “who, what, when, where, and how” of RTI implementation. This resource is housed with other Tennessee RTI resources on the Tennessee Department of Education’s website for Special Education Assessment.
- Hardeman County RTI Procedural Guide (pdf)
- This handbook describes the procedural guidelines followed by the Hardeman Empowering Achievement Response Team (HEART) in implementing RTI. The HEARTeam was established in the Hardeman County school district to ensure that students are provided the maximum opportunity to be successful in the regular education program. The HEARTeam provides instructional support to the classroom teachers, reviews progress monitoring and benchmarks of “at risk” students, and monitors direct instruction interventions to ensure instructional fidelity, among other responsibilities. This handbook outlines: steps to RTI; definitions of terms associated with the RTI process; Tier 1-2 guidelines for kindergarten through 5th grades; and the special education referral process. It includes forms used by the HEARTeam including: Fidelity Check Rubric and Log; Recommendation forms; Teacher Request for Assistance forms; Reading Pacing Guides for kindergarten through 5th grade; and Time Line Documentation forms for student progress monitoring. This handbook was developed by the Hardeman County school district, an RTI Demonstration Site in Tennessee. It is housed with other Tennessee RTI resources on the Tennessee Department of Education’s website for Special Education Assessment.
- Indicators of School Readiness for Response to Intervention (RTI) Implementation: Self-Assessment (pdf)
- This tool is intended to be used by schools conducting a self-assessment to determine readiness for implementing RTI. It provides space for schools to indicate level of implementation and a priority rating for several indicators of readiness, including: (1) effective student assistance/collaboration team; (2) high quality, standards-based curriculum and research-based instruction in general education; (3) ongoing assessment practices; (4) levels of intervention identified and resources allocated; (5) ongoing professional development that addresses areas essential to effective implementation of RTI. The tool also includes a template for an RTI Action Plan. This tool was developed in 2006 by the Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Education. It is housed with other Tennessee RTI resources on the Tennessee Department of Education’s website for Special Education Assessment.