2163 Policy – Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

It is the policy of Bellingham Public Schools to ensure that all students receive high quality, scientific, research-based general education core instruction and, as appropriate, strategic and intensive intervention supports matched to student needs. Bellingham Public Schools utilizes the core principles of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) process, which combines systematic assessment, decision-making and a multi-tiered services delivery model to improve educational and behavioral outcomes for all students.

The district’s process identifies students’ individual learning needs early and provides appropriate instruction by ensuring that students are successful in the general education classroom. In implementing the MTSS process, the district will:

A. Apply scientific, research-based and/or evidence-based interventions in the most appropriate setting;
B. Monitor the effectiveness of the intervention by measuring the student’s progress regularly during the intervention; and
C. Use assessment data to inform instruction and work towards specific goals.

The Department of Teaching and Learning will develop procedures to implement student interventions, using teacher observations and classroom, school, or district assessments to identify students who are in need of academic or behavioral interventions.

Multi-tiered Systems of Support will include:

A. A comprehensive assessment system that includes

I. Screening for academic and behavioral needs for all students;

II. Diagnostic assessment to determine specific needs for students needing support; and

III. Progress monitoring to measure growth for students receiving interventions.

B. Tiered levels of instruction with increasing intensity for interventions:

I. Core instruction for all students; and

II. Small group or individual instruction for students not responding to core instruction.

C.  A collaborative building-based approach to problem-solving.

Family Engagement in the MTSS Process
The district will provide parents/guardians results regarding their students’ performance and proficiency levels on assessments administered and interventions planned to support the student.   The district will involve parents as part of the problem-solving process when students are not making progress in interventions.

Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 10/30/17
Updated: 10/30/17
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Cross References: Content

Policy 3123 – Withdrawal Prior To Graduation
Policy 2162 – Education of Students With Disabilities Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Policy 2161 – Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students

Legal References: Content

Chapter 392.172A WAC Rules for the Provision of Special Education
WAC 392-172A-03060 Process based on a student’s response to a scientific research-based intervention

Management Resources: Content

Policy News, December 2007 Response to Intervention (RTI)