What are the major differences between elementary and secondary RTI?
Response from Don Deshler
For years we've concentrated on younger children and understandably so. Let's find out those who are having difficulties let's concentrate on those, and lets really try to get them off on a good path. Because of that emphasis, we've somewhat ignored what has been going on with older children. And the needs of students in middle school and high school are very unique. And we, well we can take some things that we've learned with younger kids and apply it in middle school and high school. There's many things we need to do differently.
First and foremost, the kids are different as learners; developmentally they've moved into a different phase. Secondly, and of equal importance, is the fact that the demands of the curriculum are markedly different. And so students may be performing well as third graders, fourth graders, and we may think, hey they're on the right path, but when they encounter the elevated curriculum demands in middle school and high school, then they're called upon to evidence different skills, different strategies, and if they don't have these then they can run into difficulties. So, it's both developmentally students are different and the demands of the curriculum are markedly different, and so we're looking at coming up with different kinds of strategies and solutions to meet their needs.