Process for Concerned Parents
Contact your student’s teacher(s). Relay your concerns to the teacher and discuss what is being observed in the classrooms. Your student’s teacher is the best person to provide information on your student because they work directly with your student for several hours each day. Frequently, communication between home and school is what is needed to address the problem or concern.
If your student continues to struggle academically due to behavior, possible learning disabilities, or due to a diagnosis (e.g. ADHD, epilepsy), discuss with your student's teacher the possibility of starting the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). There are two phases to MTSS, with each tier involving more intensive interventions designed specifically for your student’s needs.
If the MTSS process is ineffective in increasing your student’s educational performance, he or she may be referred for a 504 plan evaluation OR an initial special education evaluation. If your student is in need of accommodations due to a diagnosis such as ADD, for example, a 504 plan may be the best option. If your student is displaying characteristics of a learning disability and demonstrating a need for specially designed instruction, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) may be more appropriate.
NOTE: As of August 15, 2009, the RtI, now known as MTSS, process is required as part of a special education evaluation. Without documentation of Response to Intervention being implemented and subsequently ineffective, the multidisciplinary team lacks enough data to make a special education eligibility determination.