Timothy Runge, professor and chair in the Educational and School Psychology Department, was invited to present a three-hour workshop on “Advanced Practices in Using Rate of Improvement for
Specific Learning Disability Determination” at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network on November 16, 2018, in Pittsburgh.
This session was livestreamed to audiences in Harrisburg and Malvern, Pennsylvania. Teams of school personnel learned about the theoretical and practical implications of using rate of improvement data to inform instruction, intervention, and eligibility
for special education. Participants learned how to calculate level of proficiency and rate of improvement within the context of multi-tiered systems of support and decisions that school districts must make when codifying thresholds for determining
special education eligibility for a specific learning disability. Participants also learned how to memorialize these data within the Evaluation Report template all Pennsylvania schools are required to use.