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