One thing that you learn pretty quickly when talking to Dr. Doug Petersen from the University of Wyoming is that he is very committed to improving things for those of us who work in the schools and very candid about the current state of the referral process, collecting data, and testing. In the following three videos, he shares where we are in the evolution of RtI and Dynamic Assessment, how to do it well, and what the future holds for us.

How well are multi-tiered systems of support like RTI used?

When asked whether multi-tiered systems of support like RtI are currently being used well, Dr. Petersen answered “Not at All!” Funny and straightforward, here is an honest portrayal of what many of us face on a daily basis.

What Are the Similarities and Differences Between RTI and Dynamic Assessment?

Dr. Petersen has done a lot of research on multi-tiered systems of support and dynamic assessment. In this video he talks a little bit about similarities and differences between those approaches. He covers what they are measuring and how they serve to give us a sense of a child’s learning potential.

What is Your Approach for Testing Bilingual Students?

Knowing that many of the available assessments are designed for and with monolingual English speakers, here is how we can dynamically assess bilingual students by teasing apart vocabulary issues, and considering exposure to topics over time.

Hear the full story and earn ASHA CEUs in Dr. Petersen’s course: Using Dynamic Assessment to Reduce Bias in Language and Reading Assessments

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