(1) A student may be determined to have a specific learning disability based on an insufficient response to scientific, research based interventions resulting in a low level of academic achievement. Insufficient response to interventions occurs when, despite the implementation of the interventions over a sustained period of time, the student is not achieving adequately based on the student's age or grade level based on state approved K-12 content standards.
(a) Scientific, research based interventions are:
(i) matched to the specific needs of the student as identified through systematic, data-based processes for examining the presenting problem, including parental input, to identify instructional interventions that have a high likelihood of success;
(ii) focused on changing the instructional strategies or techniques used with the student; and
(iii) regularly monitored for student progress and correct implementation via regular and frequent data collection, and analysis and modification of interventions as necessary based on data analysis.
(b) In determining the response to scientific, research based interventions, the evaluation team must consider data regarding how appropriately the intervention was delivered by qualified personnel, as well as, data comparing the student's rate of learning and current levels of performance with the student's initial levels of performance.
(2) A student may be determined to have a specific learning disability if the student is making sufficient response to scientific, research based interventions and the level of intervention necessary to sustain the response can only be provided through special education services.