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California Releases 2022 School Dashboard. RCSD to Prioritize Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

California Releases 2022 School Dashboard. RCSD to Prioritize Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

As the school setting continues to normalize close to three years after the start of COVID-19, Redwood City School District (RCSD) is prioritizing its work on the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), supporting students after the school disruption they experienced due to the pandemic. MTSS is a framework that provides targeted support to each individual student depending on their academic, social, or behavioral needs. The recent California Dashboard results show the District’s MTSS work is the right path to help guide students now that they are back on school campuses. 

The California School Dashboard, an online tool, reports how districts and schools are performing on multiple state and local measures that make up California’s accountability system, which, in 2022, provides an assessment of student performance in relation to five key state performance indicators: Academics (English Language Arts and Mathematics), English Learner Progress, Suspension, Chronic Absenteeism, and Graduation Rate (for unified and high school union school districts).

In 2022, the Dashboard only reports performance levels using one of five status levels (ranging from Very High, High, Medium, Low, and Very Low) for all state measures based on the 2021–22 school year data. The results are used to identify strengths and weaknesses and help ensure that the needs of all students are met.

“In recent years, our students have been showing improvement in many different areas of school success--academic, behavioral, and social,” explains Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Liz Wolfe. “As we saw earlier this school year with recent state assessment results and now with the 2022 Dashboard, the systems we had in place did not withstand the effects of the pandemic.”

The 2022 Dashboard shows RCSD with the following status levels:

  • Low in English language arts and Low in mathematics. 

  • Very High for Chronic Absenteeism. 

  • Medium for Suspension Rate. 

  • Low for the English Learner Progress Indicator (ELPI). 

The COVID-19 pandemic affected schools and student learning worldwide. In California, the pandemic also interrupted the statewide data collection, assessment, and accountability systems, which is why California is considering the recent CAASPP state  assessment and now the 2022 Dashboard a re-start of California’s accountability system. The last Dashboard was produced in 2019 reflecting data from the 2017–18 and 2018–19 school years.

The 2022 Dashboard provides valuable information to all schools about how the pandemic affected student learning, student engagement, and differences in outcomes for student groups, which is why RCSD will prioritize its MTSS work. 

“As a District, we have been proactively studying our local data and the 2022 Dashboard is one more tool to help us look closely at root causes and address systems to improve. We are eager to review some of our recent work, such as the MTSS framework, and help our students get back on their path to success,” added Assistant Superintendent Wolfe.

The goal of MTSS is to intervene early to help individual students catch up with their classmates. There are three tiers of support as part of the MTSS framework:

Tier 1: The whole class. All students in the general education classroom are in this tier. Teachers use research-based instructional strategies. In addition, as part of differentiation, students may work in small groups based on their strengths and areas of need. The teacher monitors the progress of all students in their class. A student who is struggling may move to Tier 2.

Tier 2: Small group interventions. Students in Tier 2 still attend Tier 1 lessons with the rest of the class. The difference is that they also receive more targeted support through small group lessons. It can also mean special teaching, called interventions. A student who isn’t making progress may stay in Tier 2 or move to Tier 3.

Tier 3: Intensive individualized support. This tier can mean small group work or individual lessons. Most students in Tier 3 still spend the majority of the school day in the general education classroom, but they may spend more time in a resource room than before.

Visit the 2022 California Dashboard to learn more about RCSD’s performance and areas of future growth.