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Overview of an Equitable Multi-Level System of Supports

Wisconsin’s goal for public education

Every learner is important. With equitable access to a great education, we believe that every child will learn and be successful. We can reach this goal with careful and intentional structuring of our educational systems, and when necessary, changing the way we deliver instruction and supports.

Knowledge, skills, and habits for success

Wisconsin schools and districts are tasked with equipping every student with the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary for success beyond high school.

To do this, we must offer developmental, academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports. Additionally, every learner’s needs are different, so supports must be provided at varying levels (or tiers) of intensity.

How can schools and districts set up their educational systems to meet these needs? The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin RtI Center’s vision is that schools and districts implement equitable, multi-level systems of supports.

What does an “equitable, multi-level system of supports” look like?

Wisconsin's Framework for an Equitable, Multi-level System of Supports
Wisconsin’s Framework for an Equitable, Multi-level System of Supports

An equitable, multi-level system of supports is a framework made up of 11 key system features.

This framework helps districts and schools

  • Integrate and organize supports for learners, including developmental, academic, behavioral, social and emotional supports
  • Provide equitable services, practices, and resources to every learner
  • Responsively adjust the intensity and nature of supports to match learner needs based on data

Implementing equitable, multi-level systems of supports can help schools and districts across the state realize their mission to ready every learner for college and career success.