Design, Sites, and Data Sources
Along with the American Institutes of Research, MDRC will supervise and support the implementation of two different versions of training programs in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior. The study shall recruit a sample of 120 elementary schools in 12 districts and perform random assignment at the school level (all staff in a same school will receive the same treatment condition). The project team will randomly assign 40 schools to receiving universal training across two school years, 40 to receive universal training for two years and targeted training in the second year, and 40 to business-as-usual. The study will include approximately 240 school administrators and support personnel and 3,600 teachers.
Data collection will consist of training participation forms and training checklists, site visits (twice a year during the first implementation year in each treatment school and twice a year during the second implementation year in all study schools), student and school staff surveys and teacher ratings of student behavior, student records data, and monitoring system data (treatment schools only for each implementation year). Additionally, student achievement tests will be administered and/or existing test scores will be collected, and classroom observations will be conducted.