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Learning Disability Identification

The Macomb County model for the identification of Specific Learning Disabilities emphasizes that a comprehensive evaluation is a process of data collection that includes multiple methods of assessing student performance with input from:

  • parents
  • teachers
  • school psychologists
  • teacher consultants
  • speech language pathologists
  • other pertinent staff

The purpose of the evaluation is to gather comprehensive information possible to make valid and appropriate recommendations as to the student's eligibility for special education and, more importantly, educationally relevant recommendations for instructional strategies, interventions, supports and services to close the student’s achievement gap.

MISD strongly discourages the use of the ability/achievement severe discrepancy model and encourages districts to adopt a model using Response to Intervention (RtI), Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) or both as part of a comprehensive (full and individual) evaluation.

MISD Resources
SLD Determination Using RTI MISD Guide


Other Resources
RtI Action Network - Position Statement on Determination of Specific Learning Disabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities