Special Education M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


This thesis highlights RTI and child-find under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) federal law, revised in the special edition of 2011. In 2011, the child find mandate was the focus of the IDEA regarding the education for learners with special needs. This concept mandated school districts in each state to acknowledge, find, and assess allchildren, from birth to 22 years of age with special needs and disabilities, who could need early care or special educational services. Children who were perceived to have a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) used to be found eligible for special education services after demonstrating significant variations in their academic capacity and learning performance. The proportion of learners who wanted help also struggled until their difference was substantial enough to consent for the special services. The Response to Intervention (RTI) strategy was identified by instructorsand introduced in legislative notes to recognize learners with particular learning needs. The primary purpose of this study is to establish how schools can incorporate the RTI model while closely meeting each student's learning needs. Specifically, the paper aims at determining whether the child-find mandate and RTI can effectively be used together by schools.Specifically, the study was guided by research questions, including whether students struggling with regular education interventions complete RTI procedures before conducting IDEA evaluations. The second research question involved if a student is identified to have a learning disability during intervention programs, what are the effects of the “one size fits all” curriculum in which the said student receives regular interventions before a school initiates the IDEA evaluation? Lastly, the research addressed ways in which schools can make use of high-quality research-based interventions while at the same time avoiding potentially child-find legal claims.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis