While technology may be useful to monitor students with special needs, it cannot replace the effectiveness of a skilled educator in the classroom

technology-teacher-substituteWith the reauthorization of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act in 2004 (IDEIA 2004), Congress introduced the Response to Intervention and Instruction (RtII) framework as a way to address the diversity of students and learning issues in U.S. schools.

Through early identification and intervention with students who have language and cultural differences and learning delays, the framework promises to address problems early on, thereby decreasing the number of students incorrectly assigned to receive special education services.

States are likely to mandate RtII systems for local schools because it reduces the costs of providing special education services, a cost that falls heavily on state budgets.

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