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Implementation and Outcomes of Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports: Final Evaluation Report 2014

By Natalie Lacireno-Paquet, Kristin Reedy


Implementation of multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) has grown rapidly in Kansas and is a key strategy for turning around low-performing schools in the state.

MTSS is designed to improve outcomes for all students by instituting system-level change across the classroom, school, district, and state.

Such systemic change is accomplished by developing a coherent continuum of evidence-based, systemwide practices to support a rapid response to each student’s academic and behavioral needs.

MTSS features frequent data-based monitoring for instructional decision making. MTSS core components include evidence-based curricula, high-quality instruction, a comprehensive assessment system, data-based decision making, effective intervention, fidelity of implementation, ongoing professional development, and leadership within an empowering school and district culture.

This final summative evaluation report:

  • Describes the current status of MTSS implementation in Kansas
  • Provides insights as to what it takes to implement MTSS with fidelity
  • Offers recommendations for next steps

The evaluation team, led by Kristin Reedy and WestEd’s Natalie Lacireno-Paquet, found that Kansas MTSS is substantially contributing to improved student outcomes at the local level, as well as benefitting teachers, improving instruction, and supporting better school functioning.

Download an evaluation brief of this report.

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Copyright: 2015
Format: PDF
Pages: 66
Publisher: WestEd

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