Demystifying Assessments, Assessments, Assessments!



-Remember to assess for the 2017-18 Wisconsin Recognized Schools Program by April 30

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Four Pro Tips to Get the Most Value from the SIR

Is your team preparing to take the School-wide Implementation Review (SIR) this spring to evaluate your system?

The SIR is comprised of 61 items (statements) which measure your equitable, multi-level system of supports. Taken through the lens of a specific content area (reading or mathematics), the SIR gives your team a snapshot of your implementation progress to help plan your next steps.

Here are four pro tips to help you get the most value from taking the SIR.

1. Focus on what’s happening at the school level.

Example: Your school is trying to determine your level of implementation for item 4 on the SIR:Differentiate universal curriculum and instruction based on student needs.You have some individual teachers who are very skilled at differentiating reading instruction. In fact, you even have a grade-level team who has really embraced this concept. But is differentiated reading standard practice across the entire school—that is, in every classroom and every grade level?


2. Each implementation level builds on the levels before it.

Example: Your school is trying to determine your level of implementation for item 24 on the SIR: Use a system to document universal screening results and instructional decisions. Your team created a process that you are working to roll out school-wide. But until most of the staff understands and supports the process, you’re still at the purpose-building level, rather than initial implementation.


3. Focus on the bolded words in the SIR line item.

Example: Your school is trying to determine your level of implementation for item 5 on the SIR: Provide universal curriculum and instruction that engages students. The entire statement provides you with context, but the bold words help you understand that the main point of this SIR item is about student engagement.


4. Contextualize the SIR language for your school.

Example: Your high school is taking the SIR through a reading lens and trying to determine your level of implementation for item 4 on the SIR: Differentiate universal curriculum and instruction based on student needs. Think broader than just your English literature classes. How is disciplinary literacy embedded into all of your classes?


If you have questions about the SIR, contact your regional academic technical assistance coordinator.


Everything Your Team Needs to Know About Assessments!

Strategic use of data by collaborative teams informs the continuous improvement process and long-term action planning. These are a critical aspect of implementing a multi-level system of supports. Successful schools ensure system assessments are a part of their annual assessment calendar and that at least one key person ensures they are regularly taken and used. Here's Everything You Need for System Assessments in a Multi-Level System of Supports


Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) Video Series: Part 3 and 4

The last two videos in our four-part series on taking the TFI are Reviewing & Analyzing Reports and Action Planning around your data results. Also, visit our TFI web page for helpful details.