Recognized Schools

The Wisconsin RtI Center recognizes schools each year for their implementation of the Wisconsin RtI framework in behavior (PBIS) at the universal level (tier 1) and for reading and mathematics for all levels of support; universal, selected, intensive.

The purpose of this recognition is to: 

  • Celebrate and recognize schools' hard work to implement and sustain the Wisconsin RtI framework system-wide; 
  • Promote Wisconsin’s vision to address the needs of all students through the use of an RtI framework; 
  • Showcase examples of the Wisconsin RtI framework implementation throughout the state; 
  • Promote school-to-school sharing of practices.

Schools are able to apply for recognition each year. There are two levels of recognition awarded. Schools of Merit implement elements of the Wisconsin RtI framework with integrity. Schools of Distinction sustain these elements for at least two years and are using disaggregated student-level data to inform implementation.

Eligibility

All Wisconsin schools are eligible to apply. Below are examples of criteria needed to be considered for recognition. 

School of Merit: To be considered for School of Merit schools must demonstrate ALL of the criteria below:

Reading and Mathematics (multiple levels)

Behavior (Universal - Tier 1)

Have sent a complete team (at least three people with decision maker) to the Wisconsin RtI Systems Framework training

Have sent a complete team (at least three people with decision maker) to PBIS Tier 1 Training (C100, U100, U200, U300)

Have school leadership teams that meet regularly (minimum: monthly, at least 6 times) and includes active participation of a  decision maker

Have school leadership teams that meet regularly (minimum: monthly, at least 6 times) and includes active participation of a decision maker

Have an individual identified to coordinate efforts

Have an identified PBIS Internal or External Coach

Have self-assessed at full implementation (80-100%) on the School-Wide Implementation Review (SIR) during the past 12-months (May 2014 to current)

Have self-assessed at fidelity (70 percent or higher) on the Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ) during the current school year (score must be entered into PBIS Assessment before you submit your application)

Actively use implementation and screening data to action plan and guide implementation 

Actively use data to action plan and guide implementation

School of Distinction: to be considered for school of distinction schools must demonstrate ALL of School of Merit criteria above and at least the following:

Reading and Mathematics (multiple levels)

Behavior (Universal - Tier 1)

Have self-assessed at full implementation (80-100%) on the School-wide Implementation Review (SIR) for two consecutive years; during the last 12-months (May 2014-current)  and the previous year (May 2013-2014)

Have self-assessed at fidelity on the Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ) for two consecutive years; schools must have scored at least 80 percent in the past 12-months (May 2014-current) and at least 70 percent last year (May 2013-May 2014)

Have at least two years of disaggregated screening data by race and disability

Have at least two years of disaggregated  office disciplinary referral data by race and disability

In addition to the above criteria, schools are asked narrative questions to describe implementation activities which will also contribute to the overall score for recognition. 

Narrative topics include: 

  • action planning using self-assessment tools; 
  • culturally responsive practices; 
  • family engagement; 
  • student-level outcome/impact; 
  • behavior-, reading-, and mathematic-specific questions  

Schools do not need to have every area of the application well established to receive recognition, but more detail will substantially improve the score. To receive the best chance at receiving recognition, schools should complete all sections of the application and use the Not Applicable (N/A) option only when necessary. All applications will be reviewed against an established scoring rubric.

For any assistance and clarification regarding the content of the questions, contact your behavioral or academic regional technical assistance coordinator.

Recognition

Schools recognized as Schools of Merit receive: 

  • a school banner, 
  • a letter of congratulations, 
  • recognition at the annual Wisconsin RtI Center’s PBIS Leadership Conference, 
  • and are listed on the Wisconsin RtI Center’s websites.

 

Schools recognized as Schools of Distinction receive: 

  • a school banner,
  • letter of congratulations,
  • recognition at the annual Wisconsin PBIS Network Leadership Conference,
  • are listed on the Wisconsin RtI Center’s websites
  • certificate of recognition, and
  • one free registration to the annual Wisconsin PBIS Network Leadership Conference OR a copy of The Art of Coaching, Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar 

Letters to notify schools of their recognition status will be sent out early June 2015.

Technical Application Instructions

All applications should be submitted via survey gizmo at the link provided below. We encourage all schools, prior to launching the survey gizmo application, to gather all the information and data ahead of time using the Word version of the application below. Also please remember to not include any identifying student or staff information.

For any assistance regarding technical issues, contact Melissa Marks at marksm@wisconrticenter.org or 920-948-5979.

Applicants that experience unforeseen technical issues with the application submission software beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail Melissa Marks (contact information above) within 24 hours after the application deadline and request approval to submit their application.

Please note: those completing the application within a browser other than Google Chrome or Firefox, (such as Internet Explorer), may need to download the most recent version of Adobe Flash Player in order to upload the requested documents. Download the most recent version of the free Flash Player here.

Apply for Recognition

Wisconsin Recognized School applications are open from March 3, 2015 and will close April 29, 2015. No late applications will be accepted.

Online Wisconsin RtI Behavior (PBIS) Application 
Online Wisconsin RtI Academic Application 
Print-Friendly Recognized School Application - Behavior
Print-Friendly Recognized School Application - Academic 

Wisconsin RtI Center Recognized Schools - Academic

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Wisconsin RtI Center Recognized Schools – Behavior (PBIS)

2014-15 Recognized Schools (coming soon)
2013-14 Recognized Schools 

2012-13 Recognized Schools
2011-12 Recognized Schools
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