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Data-based decision making is a critical feature of MTSS. Proper implementation requires data to be collected and analyzed at the intermediate school district (ISD), district, school, and student levels.

The Crucial Role of Evaluation

Proper evaluation ensures that MTSS implementation plans are grounded in good decision making. Without evaluation, every action taken by districts and schools would be just a guessing game. MTSS requires evaluation at every level of implementation on a continual basis, including:

  • Installation and capacity-building efforts.
  • Systems and team activities.
  • School-wide practices and targeted student interventions.

Collecting the right data is critical, but simply having data is not enough to guide decision making. District and school staff must understand what the data mean as they analyze it. When teams look at data, they use that information to design improvements that will lead to success for all students.

Rationale for Required Assessments

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Student Assessments

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Gather data to determine which students need additional supports and when school-wide supports need to be adjusted.

Fidelity Assessments

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Determine how many features of school-wide MTSS are in place in your school, and the quality of their implementation.

Capacity Assessments

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Evaluate how well your ISD or local district can support schools implementing MTSS.

Reach Assessments

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Determine the stage of implementation for your ISD, local district, or school so you can plan supports.

Data Analysis

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Learn about the guiding principles for data analysis and how MIBLSI supports participants.

MiMTSS Data System

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Learn how to access MiMTSS Data System (the MIBLSI database) and its advantages.


View information about MiEWIMS

Learn how MiEWIMS can help organize attendance, behavior, and course performance data for planning.

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