New federal laws have directed schools to focus on helping all children learn by addressing academic or behavior problems earlier. These laws include the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004. Both laws underscore the importance of providing high quality, scientifically-based instruction and interventions.
MISD has developed a multi-tier, early identification and intervention process provided in general education. RtI uses research-based interventions at increasing levels of intensity to support students who struggle with reading, math, or behavior. Student information and data collected from the RtI process is an essential component for determining whether a student meets eligibility as a student in need of specially designed instruction through special education.