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  • NJ A2566
  • Establishes Response to Intervention initiative in DOE to support and encourage school districts in implementation of Response to Intervention framework.
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(6/16/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/27/2016)
Passed
(6/27/2016)
Signed
(9/6/2016)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill directs the Commissioner of Education to develop and establish an initiative to support and encourage the use of a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework by school districts to promote the achievement of all students. The initiative must include the dissemination of information and guidance to school districts regarding the development and effective implementation of an RTI framework as a methodology to identify struggling learners, maximize student achievement, and reduce behavioral problems. The initiative also must include the dissemination of information and guidance to school districts regarding the effective use of an RTI framework as a methodology to identify students with specific learning disabilities in accordance with the federal "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. s.1400 et seq. State Board of Education regulations at N.J.A.C.6A:14-3.5(c)12.(ii), consistent with the IDEA, expressly permit school districts to utilize a response to intervention methodology to identify students with specific learning disabilities. The initiative established under the bill would assist districts in the use of RTI for this and other purposes. In addition, the bill requires the commissioner to ensure that an RTI framework developed and implemented by a school district includes, at a minimum, certain elements that are commonly recognized as core components of any RTI model. These elements include: (1) high quality research-based instruction in the general education setting; (2) universal screening procedures to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes or behavioral challenges; (3) multiple levels of evidence-based interventions that are progressively more intense, based on the student's responsiveness; and (4) continuous monitoring of student progress. Finally, the bill requires the commissioner to make technical assistance and training available to assist school districts in implementing an RTI framework.
Education, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2016, c.48.  (on 9/6/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
9/6/2016 A Approved P.L.2016, c.48.
6/27/2016 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (79-0-0)
6/27/2016 A Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
6/27/2016 S Passed by the Senate (39-0)
6/27/2016 S Substituted for S496 (1R)
6/16/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/16/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (13:00 6/16/2016 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
5/23/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
5/23/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
5/23/2016 Senate Education Hearing (10:00 5/23/2016 Committee Room 6, 1st Floor)
2/29/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Education Committee
2/18/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (75-0-0)
2/8/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Concur in Senate Amendments 79 0 1
Detail 6/27/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S496 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/27/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 39 0 1
Detail 6/16/2016 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 13 0 0
Detail 5/23/2016 Senate Education Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0
Detail 2/18/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 75 0 5
Detail 2/8/2016 Assembly Education Committee: Reported Favorably 8 0 3