Questions & Answers

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Questions

1. Are all schools required to implement RTI?
2. Do schools or districts have to submit their comprehensive plans?
3. How does RTI fit into the Maine DOE's strategic plan?
4. What is a good website to visit for help with RTI?
5. Is there any funding to help with implementation?

Answers

1. Are all schools required to implement RTI?

Yes. Both Chapter 101 [Sections III(1) and VII(2)L(1)2a(i)] and Title 20-A, Sect. 4710 require that Maine schools establish a system of interventions as follows:

"By the school year that begins in the fall of 2012 all school administrative units shall develop and implement a system of interventions for kindergarten to grade 12 that provide each student who is not progressing toward meeting the content standards of the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements with different learning experiences or assistance to achieve the standard. The interventions must be specific, timely and based upon ongoing formative assessments that continuously monitor student progress."

2. Do schools or districts have to submit their comprehensive plans?

No. While Maine law requires that school and districts have systems of intervention in place, there are no mandatory reporting requirements for these plans.

3. How does RTI fit into the Maine DOE's strategic plan?

RTI aligns with all sections of the Maine DOE's strategic plan. Specifically, it applies to all students, utilizes student data to make instructional decisions and focuses on improving learning outcomes by utilizing effective instructional practices.

4. What is a good website to visit for help with RTI?

The Maine DOE has a web page with many resources about RTI and related multi-tier systems of support (e.g., PBIS). Please visit: www.maine.gov/doe/rti/resources.html.

5. Is there any funding to help with implementation?

The Maine DOE does not have any funding specifically allocated to support RTI implementation. Schools and districts can utilize existing state and federal funding streams to support RTI implementation. For example, Title I, Title II and Title III funds can be used in specific ways. In addition, federal law allows up to 15 percent of the district's IDEA funding to pay for early intervening services for students at risk of needing special education support. For information on how federal funding sources can be blended to support RTI, see the U.S. Department of Education's guide (PDF, 798KB).