Evaluating the Impact of Integrated Behavior and Reading Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in Elementary Schools
The goal of this project is to rigorously evaluate the impact of integrated behavior and reading practices in kindergarten through Grade 2 within a comprehensive, multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework. The project will examine the impacts of integrating reading and behavior support at Tiers 1, 2, and 3 of an MTSS framework on students’ reading and behavior outcomes as well as teachers’ practice. This project involves a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of integrated tier 1 classroom instruction; a regression discontinuity study to evaluate the impact of integrated tier 2 supplemental intervention, and a series of single-case design studies to evaluate the impact of individualized integrated Tier 3 behavior and reading intervention on students’ behavior and reading outcomes. The project will also examine whether there are a school, teacher/classroom, or student factors that moderate outcomes. Finally, the project will support schools and districts to build their capacity to implement integrated school-wide MTSS leadership team training, professional development, and coaching.