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The Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) Central School District serves nearly 6,000 students in nine schools outside the city of Rochester, just south of Lake Ontario.




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Educators may sometimes feel they are in a race against several clocks-the class period, the school day, the semester, the academic year, high school exit exams and so forth-as they prepare students for academic success. What can district leaders do to appropriately address issues of time and time management? How can they ensure that what is most important-student learning-is not at the mercy of things that are less urgent? As leaders weigh their options, research offers some important reminders.

All Time Is Not Created Equal

Handheld computers can leverage the power of technology to enable all students to succeed, including children with special education needs. They are cheaper than laptops, are more portable, and have more memory and power capabilities than handhelds possessed just five years ago.

A Special Look at RTI

Dear District Administrator,

Welcome to the latest edition of Achievement Today. Much of this issue is devoted to the topic of Response to Intervention (RTI), a general education initiative that offers great promise in meeting the needs of struggling learners.

1. Do you have data to show that's your district's core curriculum is effective with at least 80% of your students?

2. Do you know what the Response to Intervention process is and how it should integrate with Early Intervening Services?

3. Are your teachers using data, including effective progress monitoring practices, to inform their instruction?

4. What research-based interventions are being used with struggling/at risk learners in your district?