The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has initiated the development of an integrated framework that will support the holistic needs of students. Georgia’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) represents a cross-divisional effort among Teaching and Learning, School and District Effectiveness, Federal Programs, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Special Education.
Through a competitive application process, the GaDOE selected ten school districts to participate in Cohort One; these districts are committed to using MTSS’s evidence and research-based practices to empower their students to learn, live and lead by graduation. The MTSS district partners include Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, Clarke County School District, City Schools of Decatur, DeKalb County School District, Dodge County School District, Glynn County School District, Houston County Schools, Marietta City Schools, Muscogee County School District and Paulding County School District.
Each school will receive support in measurement and evaluation, professional learning and technical assistance, including coaching, necessary to support implementation.
A newly created MTSS GaDOE team will provide multi-phase training and ongoing supports for refinement and sustainability purposes to districts to implement the integrated academic, behavior and social framework.
“MTSS could revolutionize Georgia’s educational system,” said Program Manager, Karen Suddeth. “MTSS is a partnership between Georgia families and schools that will give educators access to academic and behavioral focused data, which will allow them to respond and adjust instructional practices and meet students’ needs more quickly,” said Suddeth.
Georgia’s MTSS is expected to become one of the primary guiding frameworks for a continuous, data-based, school improvement process supporting academic, social emotional and behavioral achievement of all students to prepare them to be successful high school graduates.