New Recognized Schools Program for 2016-17

The Wisconsin RtI Center/PBIS Network is pleased to announce a new annual program to recognize schools for their efforts to implement a culturally responsive, multi-level system of support. This new recognition program goes into effect beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.

Why the change?

When the current recognized school process was formed, most schools were in the beginning stages of implementing a multi-level system of support. The new program is a fresh and comprehensive approach to recognizing schools for their work. It takes into account the growth of Wisconsin schools over the past six years and further encourages schools to continue to expand, refine and sustain their implementation in order to increase student outcomes.

How does this program compare to the current program?

The new program does not expand or add on to the current program. It’s completely new. There are four levels of recognition: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. We’re excited about the changes because it will give schools a better picture of where they are on their journey to full implementation. Schools are able to start with one focus area and move to integration of all focus areas.

How will this affect schools and districts?

One of our priorities was to make the application process as efficient as possible for schools. In fact, schools don’t even need to fill out a formal application to be considered for recognition at the Bronze or Silver levels!  For recognition at these levels the center will use data we already have access to.

Starting in March 2017, the center will invite qualifying schools to apply for Gold or Platinum level recognition. Invited schools have until the end of April to submit supplemental data and to make sure their self-assessments are current (to qualify, assessments must include current year). The center will notify schools who are receiving recognition at any level (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) in June.

Overview of new recognition levels

Bronze level: School has attended training in one focus area and is implementing in one focus area at the universal level for one year.

Qualifying team self-assessments: A minimum score of 70% on the BoQ or TFI at the universal level OR a minimum score of 80% on the SIR at the universal level. Must have completed the SAS or RtI All-Staff during the current year.

Silver level: School has attended training in one focus area and is implementing in one focus area at the universal (tier 1) level with fidelity for two years and at the selected (tier 2) level with fidelity for one year.

Qualifying team self-assessments: A minimum score of 70% on the BoQ and BAT or TFI at the universal/selected levels, AND/OR a minimum overall score of 80% on the SIR. Must have completed the SAS or RtI All-Staff during the current year and show sustained fidelity or improvement.

The upper levels recognize implementation, but also focus on adult and student outcomes

Gold level: School has attended training in two focus areas and is implementing in two focus areas at both the universal/selected levels with fidelity for two or more years. Must demonstrate culturally responsive practices and show medium term outcomes.

Qualifying team self-assessments: Minimum scores of 70% on the BoQ and BAT or TFI at the universal/selected levels for two or more years AND/OR minimum overall scores of 80% on the SIR for two or more years. Must have completed the SAS or RtI All-Staff during the current year and have sustained at fidelity for two years.

Evidence of culturally responsive practices and family engagement: Evidence of two or more years of formal input/voice from students and families; evidence of support for staff to build skills in culturally responsive practices; data indicating improvements for one (or more) underserved student groups in one (or more) focus areas for two consecutive years (including current year)

Student outcomes: Submit a data snapshot highlighting improvements in overall student level behavioral and academic achievement (over two consecutive years, including current year in at least two focus areas; must provide data for all students)

Platinum level: School has attended training in all focus areas and is implementing in all focus areas at all levels (universal/selected/intensive) with fidelity for three or more years. Must demonstrate culturally responsive practices and show long term outcomes.

Qualifying team self-assessments: Minimum scores of 70% on the BoQ and BAT or TFI at all levels (universal/selected/intensive) for three or more years AND minimum overall scores of 80% on the SIR for three or more years. Must have completed the SAS and RtI All-Staff during the current year and have demonstrate fidelity in the area of greatest need.

Evidence of culturally responsive practices and family engagement: Evidence of three or more years of formal input/voice from students and families; evidence of systemic practices that address the needs of underserved student groups; data indicating improvements for one (or more) underserved student groups in two (or more) focus areas for three consecutive years (including current year)

Student outcomes: Submit a data snapshot highlighting improvements in overall student level behavioral and academic achievement (over three consecutive years, including current year in all focus areas; must provide data for all students)

Definitions

Focus areas: behavior, mathematics, reading
Intensive level: Third level of support, sometimes called Tier 3
Selected level: Second level of support, sometimes called Tier 2
Universal level: First level of support, sometimes called Tier 1

Qualifying self-assessments and the focus area measured

Benchmarks for Advanced Tiers (BAT) - behavior
Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ) - behavior
RtI All-Staff Perception Survey - mathematics or reading
School-wide Implementation Review (SIR) - mathematics or reading
Self-Assessment Survey (SAS) - behavior
Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) - behavior