What can you do if you have concerns about your child’s progress?
Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher.
Contact your child’s teacher, counselor, or other staff member and ask for a team meeting to: review your child’s MTSS data; discuss your child’s strengths, work samples, peer relationships, and challenges; and collaborate on strategies you can use to support your child at home.
If at any time in the process the parents or the school staff suspect that the student has disability, the student should be referred for a special education evaluation. Any information collected from the intervention process will and should be reviewed as part of the evaluation. The student may continue to receive support and interventions while the special education evaluation is in progress.
Meaningful and effective family and community engagement is critical to positive student development and educational success. It is vital that parents be informed and engaged as team members implementing a systematic problem-solving process at all levels of the MTSS. At regular intervals, families and educators should engage in meaningful discussions regarding student-centered response to instruction/intervention data to make informed instructional decisions. Parents should be actively engaged in all steps of the problem-solving process and particularly, engaged in all decisions regarding adjustments to interventions and related changes to a student’s curriculum.
Schools have a responsibility to facilitate parent understanding and engagement in problem-solving efforts. Parental resources are key components for effective problem-solving within a school.