Equitable Multi-Level System of Support (e-MLSS) is an organizational framework that guides the implementation of proactive and responsive services that ensure academic and behavioral success for all. At the core, the Berlin Area School District's MLSS is centered on equity and striving to close any achievement gaps within our school community. From there, our framework focuses on three essential elements:
- High-quality instruction
- Strategic use of data
These three elements guide our planning for universal curriculum and a continuum of supports for students in literacy, mathematics, and behavior.
Our work to provide these academic and behavioral supports are enhanced by strengthening family and community engagement, using evidence-based practices within the instructional setting, systemically implementing supports, emphasizing strong shared leadership, and ensuring a positive school culture. Finally, we believe that continuously improving our system strengthens the academic and social outcomes for students.
Tier 1: Universal core curriculum instruction and practices ALL students receive
At any given time, 80% or more of students should demonstrate sufficient progress through core instruction and/or practices. Classroom teachers provide Tier 1 (core content) instruction in both academics and behavior. Parents and community partners participate on various school and district committees and receive training in content areas.
Tier 2: Intervention coupled with ongoing progress monitoring provided to students needing additional support or challenge in academics and behaviors
Tier 2 academic and behavior interventions are provided in addition to core instruction. Academic interventions are provided by classroom teachers and math/reading interventionists. Tier 2 behavioral (PBIS) interventions are typically provided by teachers and school support staff including school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors.
Tier 2 support capacity is approximately 5-15% of the student population for whom Tier 1 services are not sufficient. Parents and community partners receive training on tiered interventions and participate in various support groups.
Tier 3: Intense interventions, replacement or additional curriculum, and/or instructional and behavioral strategies provided to students requiring an individualized plan of action
Tier 3 interventions support students whose performance is well above or well below the district benchmark decision point on universal screener(s) and validated through stage two screening or those whose Tier 2 progress monitoring data supports the need for Tier 3.
Tier 3 service capacity is no more than 5% of student population. Tier 3 interventions are typically managed by the Building Intervention Team. Parents — and when appropriate, community partners — participate in developing plans at the individual student level.
e-MLSS is a framework that provides the structure and system for other initiatives, programs, and tools to be implemented within a school. The Berlin Area School District initiatives of social-emotional learning, restorative practices, trauma-sensitive schools, mental health, and culturally responsive teaching are all supported within this framework. Please review the Department of Public Instruction's MLSS Guidebook for more information.