In a recently issued memorandum, OSEP wrote that Districts have an obligation to comply with IDEA's initial evaluation provisions regardless of whether the District plans to or is already using RTI strategies with its students.  If the District has reason to suspect that a student is a student with a disability as defined under IDEA, the District has an obligation to evaluate the student.  OSEP explained that it would be inconsistent with IDEA for a District to reject a referral or delay an evaluation on the basis that the child has yet to participate in an RTI frramework or has not been exposed to RTI strategies long enough to determine if the child is responding to RTI interventions. 

For more information, see the complete memorandum in the Client Acess section of our website.

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