March 16th, 2012

Massachusetts School Improvement Blueprint Addresses Advanced Learners

The new Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a blueprint for statewide school improvement which has evolved out of MA’s Response to Intervention program over the last 5 years. A complete outline of MTSS was recently posted on the Massachusetts Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education website (Fall 2011).

The introduction to MTSS states:

The Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a blueprint for school improvement that focuses on system level change across the classroom, school, and district to meet the academic and non-academic needs of all students. It was developed to help guide the establishment of a system that provides high-quality core educational experiences in a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and targeted interventions/supports for students who experience academic and/or behavioral difficulties and students who have already demonstrated mastery of the concept and skills being taught.

The first paragraph of the first chapter states:

Massachusetts has developed a blueprint outlining a single system of supports that is responsive to the academic and non-academic needs of all students.  This blueprint, the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS), provides a framework for school improvement that focuses on system level change across the classroom, school, and district to meet the academic and non-academic needs of all students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and students who are academically advanced.  It guides both the provision of high-quality core educational experiences in a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and academic and/or non-academic targeted interventions/supports for students who experience difficulties and for students who have already demonstrated mastery of the concept and skills being taught.

The entire MTSS blueprint is here.

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