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.
Assessments and indicators are needed to collect data, but data collection is not enough to guide decision making. District and school staff must understand what the data means. The data analysis—the evaluation of the data—tells staff how to improve their MTSS.
Gather data to determine which students need additional supports and when school-wide supports need to be adjusted.
Evaluate how well your ISD or local district can support schools implementing MTSS.