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RCT of Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports, a school-wide reform initiative designed to increase K-12 academic achievement and reduce behavioral problems

This project is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a school-wide reform initiative, Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS), designed to increase academic achievement and reduce behavioral problems at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Grant recipient: Wake County Public School System

Term: 2015 –2019

Principal Investigators: Dina Bulgakov-Cooke, Ph. D., Wake County Public School System

Matthew Lenard, Wake County Public School System

Funding: $74,321

Summary: This project is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a school-wide reform initiative, Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS), designed to increase academic achievement and reduce behavioral problems at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. MTSS is being scaled-up district-wide in Wake County, North Carolina, through a phased-in approach that will embed an RCT. Forty-four schools (the treatment group) began implementing MTSS in the 2015-2016 school year, and 44 schools (the control group) will implement it two years later. The study will measure math and English test scores, behavioral suspensions, and other outcomes over the two-year period using district administrative data.

The study’s pre-specified analysis plan is linked here.

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