MDRC invites providers of training in multi-tiered systems of supports for behavior (MTSS-B) to submit proposals to participate in a large-scale, random assignment evaluation. The evaluation will focus on a system approach to teaching and reinforcing appropriate behavior for all students as well as for providing additional support to students who need it. MDRC and its partner, the American Institutes for Research, are conducting the evaluation for the National Center for Education Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.
Some studies have demonstrated the promise of MTSS-B school-wide strategies. Other studies have shown the effectiveness of strategies that can be implemented within or alongside these school-wide strategies, including classroom-level strategies as well as individual or small group strategies. The MTSS-B program of interest for the evaluation includes school-wide and classroom-level strategies (universal supports or Tier I) and individual or small group strategies (targeted interventions or Tier II), with appropriate infrastructure. (See Figure 1 and Figure 2).
The goal of the evaluation is to implement an MTSS-B program with fidelity and determine whether universal supports (Tier I) with appropriate infrastructure are effective when implemented in a large number of districts and schools. The evaluation also will look separately at the incremental effectiveness of providing targeted interventions (Tier II) along with universal supports (Tier I), again with appropriate infrastructure.
Complete information about eligibility requirements and evaluation criteria are available in the Request for Proposal (RFP).