Recognized Schools 

The Wisconsin RtI Center recognizes schools for their implementation of the Wisconsin RtI framework. 

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 in any or all of the following areas: reading, mathematics, or behavior. 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. 

All applications are reviewed using an established, consistent process involving a scoring rubric. 

To receive the best chance at recognition, schools should complete all sections of the application with as much detail as possible. 

For any assistance and clarification regarding the content of the questions found on the application, contact your regional technical assistance coordinator.

 

Eligibility

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

 

School of Merit:

Schools must demonstrate the criteria below to be considered for School of Merit in any or all of the following areas: reading, mathematics, or behavior.

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 (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 self-assessed at full implementation (80-100%) on the School-Wide implementation Review (SIR) during the past 12 months (May 2015 to current)

Have self-assessed at fidelity (70 percent or higher) on the Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ) or Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) Tier 1 during the past 12 months (May 2015 to current); score must be entered into PBIS Assessment before application is submitted

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

Actively use implementation and office discipline referral data to action plan and guide implementation

 

School of Distinction: 

To be considered for School of Distinction in reading, mathematics, behavior, or any combination thereof, schools must demonstrate  
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 2015-current) and the previous year (May 2014-2015)

Have self-assessed at fidelity on the Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ) for two consecutive years or completed the BoQ for one year and the Tiered Fidelity Inventory - Tier 1 the following year; schools must have scored at least 80 percent in the past 12 months (May 2015-current) and at least 70 percent last year (May 2014-2015) on either assessment

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. These also contribute to the overall score for recognition.

Narrative topics include:

  • Culturally responsive practices
  • Family engagement
  • Student-level outcome/impact
  • Behavior-, reading-, and mathematic-specific questions

 

Recognition

Schools of Merit receive:

  • A school banner
  • A letter of congratulations
  • Recognition at the annual Wisconsin RtI Center’s PBIS Leadership Conference
  • School listed on the Wisconsin RtI Center’s websites

Schools of Distinction receive:

  • A school banner
  • Letter of congratulations
  • Recognition at the annual Wisconsin RtI Center’s PBIS Leadership Conference
  • School listed on the Wisconsin RtI Center’s websites
  • Certificate of recognition
  • One free registration to the annual Wisconsin PBIS Network Leadership Conference OR a copy of one of the following books: 

The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation
by Elena Aguilar 

Responding to Problem Behavior in Schools Second Edition: The Behavior Education Program
by Deanne Crone, Leanne Hawken, and Robert Horner
OR

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning
by Sharroky Hollie

Letters to notify schools of their recognition status will be
sent out early June 2016.
 

 

Wisconsin RtI Center Recognized Schools - Academic

2014-15 Recognized Schools 
2013-14 Recognized Schools

2012-13 Recognized Schools 
2011-12 Recognized Schools

Wisconsin RtI Center Recognized Schools – Behavior (PBIS)

2014-15 Recognized Schools 
2013-14 Recognized Schools 

2012-13 Recognized Schools
2011-12 Recognized Schools
2010-11 Recognized Schools

How to Apply

Timeline 

Wisconsin Recognized School applications are open from 

March 1, 2016 and will close 
April 27, 2016.

No late applications will be accepted.

 


 

Application Link

All applications should be submitted via electronic survey at the link provided below.


Applications are now closed for this year's recognized schools program. Thank you for your interest!

 

*To apply for recognition in reading and/or mathematics, click here. 


 

Preparation

We encourage all schools, prior to launching the electronic survey tool, to gather all the information and data ahead. For planning purposes, print-friendly versions of the application are found below. 

Word Worksheet

PDF Worksheet

Also please remember to not include any identifying student or staff information.

 


 

Technical Instructions

For any assistance regarding technical issues, contact
Melissa Marks at marksm@wisconsinrticenter.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.

 


 

Looking Forward...

The Center's Recognized School program will undergo exciting changes in the 2016-17 school year. Details are being finalized. More information to come!