Implementing MTSS requires teams to begin building the infrastructure that facilitates the data-based, collaborative team planning that is an essential element of this framework. Infrastructure required includes a master calendar of MTSS activities, establishment of regular assessment windows and grade-level data team meetings, training in any assessments, instruction, and interventions to be used, and establishment of a process for reporting out progress to stakeholders. At this phase of implementation, clear articulation of team member roles, resources needed, and organization of initial team meetings facilitate MTSS success. Implementation requires staff to attend to effective instruction, data and shifts in teaching practices and behaviors.
Key Components of Infrastructure
Understanding Assessment in MTSS
Universal Screening (Benchmark Assessment)
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is one example of a universal screening assessment tool for early literacy; however schools using an MTSS framework may choose to use other available universal screening tools. The DIBELS Data System is available at http://dibels.org/. If you are looking for training in the administration, scoring and interpretation of DIBELS measures, Dynamic Measurement Group offers online training for DIBELS Next. Online or face-to-face training option would help buildings ensure higher fidelity of implementation than teachers training themselves or learning from the teacher next door. Oakland Schools stocks DIBELS materials for non-profit sale to all districts. Go to: www.osprintshop.com, Click on "Products/Services", Click on "Dibels Testing" for a scannable/faxable order form. Frequently asked DIBELS questions and answers can be viewed at https://dibels.uoregon.edu/help/faq/.
- DIBELS Assessment Logistics- Powerpoint
- Position Paper from Oakland Schools on "DIBELS Next Benchmark Criteria and Subtest Administration" (Fall 2012)
- Position Paper from Oakland Schools on "Administration of DIBELS Measures with Students Who Are English Language Learners"
Problem Solving in Grade-Level Meetings