Special Education Plan Requirements – Identification of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities using Response to Intervention Extension

In response to the continued burden of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Special Education has extended the deadline and revised the application process for utilizing Response to Intervention (RTI) to identify students with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD). The deadline for school district and charter schools to apply for the 2021-2022 school year is July 1, 2021.

The revised process requires school districts and charter schools to submit the RTI for SLD Determination Fidelity Tool as the application. Applications are submitted to the regional Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) consultant. The RTI for SLD Determination Fidelity Tool will be used district-wide or for building levels (i.e., elementary, middle and/or high school). Additional information and the RTI for SLD Determination Fidelity Tool are available on the PaTTAN website.  

Each local education agency must partner with their local Intermediate Unit and/or respective PaTTAN Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Lead Consultant to conduct a comprehensive review using the fidelity tool, and for assistance with the process.

Completed applications must be submitted to PaTTAN MTSS regional lead consultants no later than July 1, 2021:

Upon review of all documentation, the Bureau of Special Education will issue a letter indicating whether the application will be approved or disapproved, or if additional evidence is necessary.

Questions related to this message may be directed to Shannon Eye, Special Education Adviser, at 814-684-2038 or sheye@pa.gov.

Member Notice

Welcome to the new PA Principals Association website! Since you were already a member of the old site, this transition should be easy for you.

Existing membership accounts have been transferred to the new membership management platform Wild Apricot. You will now use your email address and a password of your choosing to log in. Your email will be the one you have associated with your membership record which will either be your business email or your personal email. If you cannot get in with your email, you would need to call the office so we can let you know which email you currently have on file.

To set your password, visit this link and enter the email address associated with your account:


This will have the system send you an email containing a link to reset your password. The email may take a few minutes to arrive. Once you have clicked the link and reset your password, you can login to your account at paprincipals.org and access additional materials that are only available to members, as well as manage your own account through the “My Account” tab.

To set your initial password:

  • Visit https://ppa13.wildapricot.org/Sys/ResetPasswordRequest
  • Enter your email address
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  • Once received, click the link in that email to set your password
  • Now, come back here to click the “Member Login” button and enter your email & password to access your member account