Common Core State Standards and Diverse Students: Using Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Implementing the Common Core State Standards within a framework of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) will help ensure that all students have an evidence-based system of instruction to assist them in achieving success. A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is designed so that schools can provide the appropriate level of instruction and intervention for their students. Using performance data and monitoring learning rates through MTSS, educators can make important instructional decisions to meet the needs of students from different backgrounds, learning styles, and levels
of attainment.
 
This paper underscores the importance of data-based decision making in implementing these standards while meeting the specialized and diverse needs of urban students. In addition, the paper provides concrete examples using a common core model lesson. The Council of the Great City Schools produced the paper for school board members, superintendents, chief academic officers, curriculum and instruction administrators, leading education administrators (general education, Title I, special education, English-language learner programs, and gifted programs), researchers, accountability officers, and others to help guide their thinking about how the common core standards can be implemented in a way that will ensure that the broadest array of urban students are college and career ready.
 
Publication Date: October 2012

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