Recognized Schools - FAQ

The Wisconsin RtI Center is pleased to announce a new annual program to recognize schools for their efforts to fully implement an integrated culturally responsive multi-level system of support. Schools are eligible for this new recognition program beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. Answers to our most frequently asked questions are below. You can see a summary of the requirements here, or if you would like to know more details about the process, you can access a more complete table here

General

What is the purpose of the Recognized Schools Program?

The Recognized Schools Program encourages schools to expand, refine, and sustain full implementation of a culturally responsive multi-level system of support. By providing a picture of full implementation and recognizing schools during the implementation journey, we can help them celebrate progress and improvements in student outcomes. 

This is a new program for the 2016-2017 school year. Why did the Center create something new?

The new program better outlines what full implementation looks like and acknowledges that there are different stages to reaching it. The new process brings together the three content areas: behavior, reading, and mathematics. In the past, these content areas were each treated separately. 

What is meant by a content area?

There are three content areas: behavior, reading, and mathematics. 

What is “full implementation” and why is it important?

In Wisconsin, a fully implemented system is culturally responsive, and provides increasing levels of student supports for all three content areas. The three levels of student supports are known as universal/tier 1, selected/tier 2, and intensive/tier 3. This is important because research tells us that full implementation leads to improved student outcomes. 

What levels of recognition are there now?

There are four levels of recognition: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. A brief description of each level is found below. A document further outlining the levels is found here.

  • Bronze: At full implementation/fidelity in one content area at the universal level for at least one year
  • Silver: At full implementation/fidelity in one content area at the universal level for at least two years and at selected level for at least one year
  • Gold: At full implementation/fidelity in two content areas at the universal and selected levels for at least two years
  • Platinum: At full implementation/fidelity in all three content areas, at all three levels, and for at least three years

Can our school participate in the program if we were never a part of the Wisconsin RtI Center’s prior recognition program?

Yes. The program is open to all Wisconsin public schools that meet the criteria at the different levels.

What happened to the previous program?

We continue to honor those who participated in our previous Recognized Schools Program by showcasing them on the center’s Recognition Pioneers webpage, which can be found here.

Self- and Staff Assessments

Why does our school have to self-assess our implementation to be recognized?

Self-assessment of implementation is critical to identifying areas of strength and uncovering areas for improvement. This gives your school essential information to make changes that can lead to improvements in student outcomes.

What self- and staff assessments are required at each level of recognition?

Bronze:

  • Self-Assessments: A minimum score of 70% on the BoQ or TFI at the universal level for the current year, OR a minimum score of 80% on the SIR at the universal level for the current year. 
  • Staff Assessments: Must have completed the SAS or RtI All-Staff during the current year.

Silver:

  • Self-Assessments: A minimum score of 70% on the BoQ or 70% on the TFI universal level for two consecutive years and a minimum score of 70% on the BAT or TFI at the selected level for current year AND/OR a minimum overall score of 80% on the SIR at the universal level for two consecutive years and at the selected level for the current year. 
  • Staff Assessments: Must have completed the SAS or RtI All-Staff for current and prior school year. Demonstrated improvement required. 

Gold:

  • Self-Assessments: Minimum scores of 70% on the BoQ or TFI at the universal level and a minimum score of 70% on the BAT or 70% on the TFI at the selected level for two or more consecutive years AND/OR minimum overall scores of 80% on the SIR at both the universal and selected levels for two or more consecutive years. 
  • Staff Assessments: Must have completed the SAS AND/OR RtI All-Staff with an implementation average of at least 80% for the past two consecutive years. 

Platinum:

  • Self-Assessments: Minimum scores of 70% on the BoQ or TFI, and 80% on the BAT at all levels for three or more consecutive years AND minimum overall scores of 80% on the SIR for both content areas for three or more consecutive years. 
  • Staff Assessments: Meet the requirements for gold level at least once. Complete SAS or RtI All Staff during the current year with an 80% average.

How do we know what assessments our school has taken, and when did we take them last?

You can see the dates and results of your school’s self-assessments by visiting the PBISApps (behavior) and Wisconsin RtI Center’s webpages (reading and mathematics). A login is required to obtain the information. If your school needs assistance with your login, please contact your regional technical assistance coordinator for behavior or reading/mathematics

When do we have to complete assessments? 

Current year assessments must be completed between May 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017. The prior year is May 1, 2015, to April 30, 2016. 

What if our assessments are scheduled after the initial invitations for gold and platinum are sent?

The center will continue to monitor assessments taken between the time invitations are sent, and before the April 30 deadline to determine if additional schools need to be invited to apply. 

Training

What trainings are required to be eligible for the different levels of recognition?

Bronze: Attended training in one content area

  • Reading: Wisconsin RtI Framework or Reviewing Universal Reading Instruction
  • Mathematics: Wisconsin RtI Framework Framework or Review Universal Mathematics Instruction
  • Behavior: Tier 1

Silver: Attended training in one content area

  • Reading and/or Mathematics: Wisconsin RtI Framework
  • Behavior: Tier 1 and Tier 2

Gold: Attended training in two content areas

  • Reading/Mathematics: Wisconsin RtI Framework AND/OR 
  • Behavior Tier 1 and Tier 2

Platinum: Attended training in all content areas

  • Reading/Mathematics: Wisconsin RtI Framework AND 
  • PBIS Tiers 1, 2, and 3

For more information about the center’s available trainings view our Training and Supports Catalog.

How can we find out what trainings our school has taken?

A school is considered trained in a content area if they have sent a team of at least three to all days of training. Contact your regional technical assistance coordinator for behavior or reading/mathematics to find out more about your training history. 

Application

How does our school apply?

For bronze and silver levels of recognition, you don’t need to do anything to apply! To make it easier for schools to be recognized, the center tracks training and assessment, and determines which schools qualify for these levels. In early June, schools that have been awarded these levels will be announced. Based on our assessment and training records, invitations will be extended in March or April to schools that are eligible to apply for gold and platinum levels.

If our school is invited to apply for gold or platinum, is there other information we will need to supply?

Yes. You will be asked for additional information about your improvement in outcomes for all students and underserved student groups. Also, examples of culturally responsive practices and inclusion of student and family voice will be required.

What if our school is taking an assessment after the invitations to apply for gold or platinum recognition have been sent?

The center will review assessment scores to ensure all eligible schools are invited to apply. 

If our school is not invited to apply for gold or platinum, can we still apply for those levels of recognition?

These levels are by invitation only. 

Timeline

What is the general timeline for the Recognized Schools Program?

Initial communication will be sent in early March to schools that qualify for gold or platinum. They will be asked to submit additional information by April 30. All assessments must be completed by April 30. Awarded schools will be announced in early June.

What are the date ranges for taking self- and staff assessments for this year’s Recognized Schools Program?

Assessments must be taken between May 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017, to be considered for the current school year.

When would our school be contacted to apply for gold or platinum level?

Initial contact would be in early March. The center will monitor assessments taken after this date and before April 30 to determine if additional schools need to be invited to apply. 

When will awards be given?

Awarded schools will be announced in early June. A timeline for the receipt of awards is coming soon.