WHEN TO EVALUATE YOUR CHILD
A multi-tiered instructional framework, often referred to as RTI, is a school wide approach that addresses the needs of all students, including struggling learners and students with disabilities.
In a memo from Melody Musgrove, Office of Special Education Programs, to State Director of Special Education, Dr. Musgrove says "It has come to the attention of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that in some instances, local educational agencies may be using RTI (Response to Intervention) to delay or deny a timely evaluation for children suspected of having a disability."
In other words, if a parent requests that the child be tested for a learning disability (dyslexia), the school system cannot use RTI, which is often completed at the end of grade 3, as an excuse to delay evaluation of your child who may be in kindergarten, grades 1, 2, or 3.
Research has proved over and over that the earlier a student is identified and proper remediation (often an Orton-Gillingham derived program) started the faster progress can be made. By the end of grade 3, damage has already been done to the student's self-concept.