Spectrum K12, NASDSE, CASE, and AASA Announce 2010 Response to Intervention Adoption Survey Report

May 20, 2010

Scott Cary
Spectrum K12 School Solutions
(410) 616-0329

Survey Results Indicate Rapid RTI Adoption Rate

TOWSON, MD —— Spectrum K12 School Solutions, Inc., and leading education organizations including the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) today announced the results of their 2010 survey of K-12 district administrators which gauges the extent to which Response to Intervention (RTI) has been adopted and implemented.

Complete 2010 RTI Adoption survey results can be viewed at www.spectrumk12.com/rti/the_rti_corner/rti_adoption_report.

Spectrum K12 teamed with NASDSE, CASE and AASA to provide a roadmap for districts nationwide by determining (1) how widely RTI has been adopted in U.S. school districts and implementation obstacles, (2) the effectiveness of RTI, and (3) how school districts are funding RTI.

RTI Adoption and Implementation Obstacles
The 2010 survey results indicate strong and rapid adoption rates of Response to Intervention with 61% of respondent districts indicating they are currently either in full implementation or in the process of district wide implementation – up from 54% in 2009, 32% in 2008 and 24% in 2007 with 48% of respondents indicating their district has a formal RTI district implementation plan like the NASDSE Blueprint.

Survey results also show RTI is being increasingly implemented across all grade levels with a significant increase in middle and secondary schools as compared to previous years.

Survey respondents report the primary obstacles to implementing RTI remain the same as in 2009 – (1) insufficient teacher training, (2) lack of intervention resources, (3) lack of resources for instruction and/or progress monitoring and (4) lack of data, knowledge, skills to implement tracking and charting.

RTI Effectiveness
In respondent districts that had sufficient data to determine the impact of RTI, 76% indicated RTI has led to an improvement in (AYP) vs. 24% that indicated it has not and 87% indicated RTI has reduced the number of special education referrals.

RTI Funding
RTI funding is coming from a variety of sources including General Funds, Title 1 and IDEA Early Intervening Services. ARRA Stimulus Funds have had an impact with 43% of respondents citing these funds as a source of RTI funding.

“It is great to see the continued growth of RTI adoption in school districts across the country,” stated Bill East, Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. “With four years of data, the Spectrum K12-led survey has produced encouraging trend data. NASDSE is pleased to have been a partner in this effort. The results will be useful to our members as they work to help to scale up RTI programs in states.”

“The RTI Adoption Survey has provided important information necessary to understand how RTI is being ‘scaled-up’ across the United States. It continues to provide a stable set of data that can be used to guide implementation,” commented George Batsche Co-Director of the Institute for School Reform, Florida Statewide Problem-Solving/RtI Project, University of South Florida.

“The Council of Administrators of Special Education is proud to participate in the collaborative effort led by Spectrum K12 in this follow up survey on the implementation of Response to Intervention in our schools,” stated Luann Purcell, Executive Director of the Council of Administrators of Special Education. “In a time when every dollar counts, it is important to continue to seek the data from which to make efficient and effective instructional decisions. Having data now spanning over 3 years provides clarity and reliability needed for the tough decisions being faced daily in education circles. We applaud the efforts of those who participated in this survey so we can all be more responsive to the needs of ALL students no matter where they happen to reside.”

“AASA is proud to continue its participation in the annual RTI Adoption survey,” said Noelle Ellerson, policy analyst at the American Association of School Administrators. “This type of information is very valuable to school administrators across the nation as they consider not only implementing or expanding RTI in their districts, but also plan for its funding, no easy task in today’s tight economic reality.”

“The 2010 RTI Adoption survey results indicate how rapidly districts are formalizing an intervention centric approach and how critical student achievement management software like our EXCEED® RTI is to scale from pilot to district wide implementation,” stated Jim Marshall, Spectrum K12 School Solutions CEO. “Our continued relationship with NASDSE, CASE, and AASA has been instrumental in helping Spectrum K12 provide districts and state education agencies with this valuable, benchmark RTI adoption data.”

About the American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.

About the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)
The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. The mission of CASE is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices that impact the quality of education. For more information, visit www.casecec.org.

About the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
NASDSE operates for the purpose of providing services to state agencies to facilitate their efforts to maximize educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities. NASDSE is a not-for-profit organization established to promote and support education programs and related services for children and youth with disabilities in the United States and outlying areas. NASDSE accomplishes its goals by establishing and maintaining relations between those responsible for the development of statewide and federal special education programs and those responsible for general curriculum planning at the local, state and national levels. NASDSE activities are designed to provide professional support to its members and others interested in special education. For more information, go to www.nasdse.org.

About Spectrum K12 School Solutions
Spectrum K12 partners with educators and administrators who strive to Move Every Child Forward®. Working collaboratively with districts of all sizes, we deliver a Student Achievement Management solution suite that manages, administers and prescribes the personalized learning process and data required for all students: in general, compensatory, gifted or special education; pre-K through graduation and beyond. Spectrum K12 is the market leader in providing Student Achievement Management, Response to Intervention (RTI) and Special Education software solutions, serving 11% of the U.S. K12 student population including 20 of the top 100 school districts in the United States. Our award-winning software has driven personalized learning to over 5 million students in 29 states. For more information visit www.spectrumK12.com.