What is Special about Special Education? Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) for Students with Disabilities within a Multi-tiered System of Supports


This document was developed to clarify the relationship between Specially Designed Instruction, Core Instruction and Interventions within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) for educators developing, improving and maintaining systems of support for all students.The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004 made it clear that students with disabilities are to be considered first and foremost as general education students. This distinction, along with the implementation of a multi-tiered system of supports and Common Core State Standards, has prompted educators to consider the characteristics that uniquely define special education.


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