Setting Realistic but Ambitious Goals When Progress Monitoring

By: Seth Aldrich, Ph.D. There are several ways of setting goals for students when progress monitoring, one of the essential components in a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). The ways in which goals are set should be aligned with the questions they address. For example, if our goal (question) is “Can we get the student[…]

Universal Screening Reminders for Winter Benchmarking

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP FastBridge Learning recommends that all students complete universal benchmark screening assessments one or more times per year. For elementary students we recommend screening 3 times per year in the fall, winter, and spring; some middle schools do this as well. Winter screening usually goes more smoothly than in the fall[…]

Considerations for Operating Data-Analysis Teams

Joseph F. Kovaleski, D.Ed., NCSP Indiana University of Pennsylvania   In the last 10 years, much has been written about using a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) to organize schools to promote academic proficiency, mental health, and appropriate behavior (e.g., Brown-Chidsey & Bickford, 2016; Burns & Gibbons, 2012). These systems were originally conceptualized as response[…]

Peer Tutoring as Part of an MTSS

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP One of the challenges to providing individualized instruction and feedback to all students is the reality that in every classroom there is usually only one teacher and many students. Although instructional practices such as rotating small groups among individual work stations, as well as carefully-planned large group activities, can support[…]

Tiers 2 and 3: What is the Difference?

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As the use of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) has become more widespread in schools, terms such as tiers, benchmarks, universal instruction, as well as strategic and intensive intervention have become familiar to many teachers. An MTSS might also be known by other terms such as Response to Intervention[…]

Your core isn’t broken!

By: Sarah Brown, Ph.D. Have you ever had food poisoning? If you have, you can attest that it is an unpleasant experience, to say the least. On the other hand, more often than you have food poisoning, you likely have food that isn’t bad, it just doesn’t taste as delicious as you’d hope and expect.[…]

Is Catch-Up Growth Possible?

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Consider this scenario: Molly is a fourth grade student but reads at a first grade level. Her teacher knows that her reading skills are much weaker than her classmates because the school conducts tri-annual universal screenings of all students. Such screenings provide data that are used alongside other information about student[…]