Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 10/7/2021 - 6:30 PM
Category: New Business and Reports to the Board
Type: Info
Subject: Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS): Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning Structure
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Goal 1: Systemic Alignment
ACPS will build a culture of continuous improvement and design equitable systems for school and instructional improvement.
Goal 2: Instructional Excellence
ACPS will ensure that all students have access to and engagement with high-quality instruction.
Goal 3: Student Accessibility and Support
ACPS will ensure students have equitable access to and engagement with programs and supports that reduce barriers to learning.
Policy: JB - Equal Educational Opportunities/Non-Discrimination
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable)
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Agenda Item Summary: Based on the School Board’s approved fiscal year 2022 budget and the identification as a 2021-2022 school year focus area, Alexandria City Public Schools has focused on supporting our students’ behavioral, social, emotional, and academic learning recovery through the enhancement of the established a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). MTSS is the structure used to teach students behavioral, social emotional and academic learning at the universal (tier 1) level. Tier 2 and 3 of MTSS are used to address the more intensive needs with data-informed and targeted interventions and supports. Through behavioral, social, emotional, and academic learning, interventions and supports; students gain the skills needed to be successful at school and beyond. This brief provides an overview of the ACPS MTSS structure, framework and current interventions in place for the 2021-2022 school year.
Background: Accurate identification of specific learning needs in order to develop targeted educational support plans is a critical component of accelerating learning after the devastating impact of the dual pandemic on the continuity of learning and social emotional development opportunities for students in schools.
ACPS schools utilize multidisciplinary teams as a proactive strategy to support student needs in the current learning environment. All schools will focus on Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning (SEAL); chronic absenteeism; and grade distribution through the MTSS. School teams triangulate performance data from classroom assessments and division-wide screening measures to identify specific academic needs that drive individualized educational planning. In addition, school staff recognizes that learning loss may have occurred due to social emotional barriers and challenges.
Student Support Team (SST), composed of school counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, and school social workers, address social emotional barriers, access to basic needs, or health and wellness concerns that may be impacting a student’s academic performance. Student performance profiles serve an important role in guiding academic instruction and assessing the impact of services to address academic learning loss.
All schools and programs serving the youngest to oldest learners, implement weekly multidisciplinary team meetings to discuss student concerns, analyze student performance data, intervention plans and initiate referrals for targeted supports through the MTSS Process.
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends the School Board review the brief for an understanding of MTSS for the 2021-2022 school year.
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Signed By:
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. - Superintendent