Five years after the implementation of MTSS in California, academic results are up, disciplinary action is down, and rates of bullying and harassment have gone down.
These are some of the findings shared at a briefing on Tuesday, November 2 that brought together educators and policymakers from across the state to discuss recent investments and progress made in implementing the multi-support system. California levels.
Hosted by Senator Dave Min, OECD and the Butte County Office of Education, the webinar guided participants through the next phase of MTSS implementation and new state budget funding aimed at building the capacity of school systems and to provide universal support, including early identification and intervention for all students.
In his opening remarks, Senator Min, who was one of three members of the 2021 Budget Education Subcommittee, said that, generationally, this has been a difficult time for young people and that recent events have only created new challenges and pressures for students.
“Schools are more than just educational facilities for students, they provide meals and shelters for our young people,” said Min. “The California MTSS Framework provides an incredible resource for districts and schools to effectively provide universal and more intensive support to all students in Orange County and the state. “
As we have already shared, MTSS is a framework of evidence-based strategies designed to support the academic, behavioral and socio-emotional needs of students. In 2016, the state Department of Education granted the OECD an initial allocation of $ 10 million to expand MTSS statewide following a task force report who cited the need for a unified framework. Twenty million dollars was then allocated to train local education agencies to implement California’s MTSS framework.
And while MTSS might seem a bit complicated, the program is growing – and it is working. OECD Interim Academic Director Dr Christine Olmstead, who heads the MTSS leadership team in California, said during her presentation that following the MTSS training for teachers and educators, Local schools are seeing improved student achievement in many areas.
“When we look at MTSS statewide, we find that suspension and expulsion rates have decreased, bullying and harassment has decreased, and disciplinary referrals are decreasing,” Olmstead said. “The reason we’re seeing these positive results is that teachers and support staff are given the resources they need to be able to alleviate these issues with the right supports and prevention so they don’t have to. to become interventions. “
This year, additional public funding of $ 50 million has been allocated to support the third phase of the MTSS framework which enables further school-based implementation, including a pathway certification course for teachers, counselors and instructors. school administrators.
“When we talk about a multilevel support system, we are talking about a support continuum,” Olmstead said. “The continuum of support means that all students receive prevention and intervention services, regardless of their eligibility for other services. “
MTSS and the implementation of student services cannot be done without the commitment of the whole system, and Olmstead said the new funding allows for future growth of the program to ensure all students see their needs. satisfied every day.
“The support for the MTSS framework received from the state and local regions allows us to make local districts the point of intervention so that schools can be this place of transformation and that we place students and families at the center of our work, ”she said.
For more information on the California MTSS framework, visit www.ocde.us/mtss.