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SRBI and LD Eligibility

Pyramid of Intervention

Scientific Research-Based Intervention and Guidelines for Determining a Learning Disability

Dear Parent/Guardian:

You have heard about state and federal mandates for Scientific Research Based Intervention (SRBI), which are designed to improve the quality of instruction for all students in the core subject areas of reading, writing, and math. In Simsbury, we are committed to the SRBI process. Some of our Simsbury students are already participating in SRBI and are reaping interventions in the form of higher test scores, a stronger base of knowledge, and improved academic skills. We have developed specific processes and procedures to support struggling students in each of our schools. Student Intervention Teams (SIT) are active in each of our district's schools and this focused work has resulted in some very specific academic as well as behavioral gains for students involved in the intervention process. 

The State Department of Education has recently released the newly revised Guidelines for Identifying Children with Learning Disabilities.  These guidelines mandate the use of scientific research-based interventions (SRBI) for all students who demonstrate difficulty in academic and/or behavioral areas.  This intervention data must then be considered when making an eligibility determination for a student suspected of having a learning disability.  Although districts in the state have been granted the ability to request an extension in the use of SRBI as an eligibility determination component, we feel confident that our focused work over the past several years in SRBI allows us to move forward and accept the implementation of the new guidelines as intended.  Therefore, the department will no longer utilize a discrepancy formula (the difference between a student's intellectual potential and actual academic achievement levels) in making an LD determination.  As a district, we are committed to making sure that the district's program for SRBI, which includes implementation of strong curriculum in reading, math, and writing, professional development for teachers, a system of assessment of progress in each tier of intervention, and a system for communication of results with parents, is of high quality and effectively supports students, teachers and parents.

If your child requires supplemental targeted instruction in the SRBI model, you will receive specific notification of that from your child's school. His or her progress in this supplemental instruction will be tracked so that you can receive periodic updates concerning your child's progress.  If you believe that your child is receiving or may require such instruction, please contact your school principal for additional information regarding your school's SRBI process.

If you would like to obtain more information about the policies of the State of Connecticut for student performance, strategies for increasing student rate of learning, and parental rights to request an evaluation of a child suspected of having a learning disability, we invite you to visit the following websites, which provide additional information:

  1. Information concerning a parent's right to request an evaluation of a child suspected of having a learning disability can be found in the Procedural Safeguards in Special Education, http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2678&Q=320730#publications.
  2. The SRBI Framework that describes the state's perspective on SRBI can be found at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2604&Q=321716, and the executive summary of this document can be found at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2678&Q=320730#publications. A brochure about SRBI specific to Simsbury Public Schools is also available.
  3. Connecticut's framework for the Response to Intervention (RTI) model for identification of children with specific learning disabilities can be found under the heading of Resources for Parents and Families on the SDE website (http://www.sde.ct.gov/) under the heading Publications/Resources-Best Practices, entitled A Family Guide: Connecticut's Framework to RTI.
  4. The newly released Guidelines for Identifying Children with Learning Disabilities can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2678&Q=320730#publications.

We know that this information can be confusing for parents, and we want to provide as much information as we can to help alleviate any concerns that may be raised by this process.  Your child's individual progress is important to us; we value the parent-school partnerships that help every child to excel.  If you have any questions regarding this notification, please feel free to contact Sue Lemke or Nancy Forsberg at 860-658-3873.


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