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For more information about the NRCLD and the tool, Learning Disabilities Resource Kit: Specific Learning Disabilities Determination Procedures and Responsiveness to Intervention, visit the NRCLD Web site, at http://www.nrcld.org/resource_kit.
From one perspective, the purpose of the NRCLD was to provide "assistance on issues in the area of identification and assessment of children with learning disabilities" (Deshler et al., 2005, p.
The NRCLD, working with the six Regional Resource Centers, is charged with identifying and studying sites noted for using best practices with respect to RTI.
Paper presented at the NRCLD symposium, Responsiveness to Intervention, Kansas City, MO.
The articles in this issue describe many of the activities in which NRCLD staff have been engaged during the past two years.
Further study of LEA variations within states is under way at the NRCLD.
Gratitude is expressed to the other principal investigators in the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD) (Don Deshler, Don Compton, Doug Fuchs, Lynn Fuchs, and Daryl Mellard) and to the members of the National Advisory Board for comments and suggestions regarding the survey instrument used, and to the state departments of education authorities who cooperated with this study despite many competing demands and increasing workloads.
A third activity was OSEP's establishment of the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD).
One of OSEP's goals for funding the NRCLD was to synthesize existing research and conduct additional research on alternative LD determination models.
Our second purpose is to describe how NRCLD staff and the staffs from the six national regional resource centers are researching the four questions posed above.
An understanding of these features provides a framework in which the NRCLD staff developed data- collection measures and criteria for selecting model RTI sites.
Presently, the NRCLD is collaborating with representatives from the six Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) to evaluate local schools' use of RTI in LD identification.
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