Targets and Triggers – Refined

There are at least 5 fundamental components to a well-designed MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support). One of those components is data-based decision making. Our friends at OregonRTI have suggested “Teams should use data and decision rules to determine effectiveness of the core program, identify students in need of interventions, and evaluate student progress to determine… Read more »

Distance Learning Experiment

This post is by guest blogger, Chris Birr, EdS. Birr is a member of the ion Board of Directors, a School Psychologist, MTSS Coordinator and deep thinker. Chris lives in suburban Columbus, Ohio with his wife, two daughters and dog. This is likely a frustrating time for teachers and parents. Teachers are scrambling to figure… Read more »

No State Test? No Problem!

Anecdotally, it sounds like most states are canceling the end of year-standardized tests this year. For some schools, that could be a substantial loss of student data and methods to assess achievement in their system. However, for most districts and schools, the loss of year-end state test data should not be a significant loss of data. Again, anecdotally, and from experience, schools have more than enough student data and this could be a moment for schools to step back and improve assessment use and fidelity of implementation and interpretation. Some questions swirling involve how to plan for students coming back with summer slide coupled with pandemic slide, assessment can provide some context for whom your most critical students are and how to plan for the entire grade level.