What We Say: Glossary & Definitions

What We Say

Integrated Student Supports (ISS):  A school-based approach to promoting students’ academic success by developing or securing and coordinating supports that target academic and non-academic barriers to achievement.

Response to Intervention (RTI):  Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS):  A term used to describe an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem-solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention. The integrated instruction and intervention is delivered to students in varying intensities (multiple tiers) based on student need.

Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI):  Evidence-based interventions (EBI) are treatments that have been proven effective (to some degree) through outcome evaluations. As such, EBI are treatments that are likely to be effective in changing target behavior if implemented with integrity.

Intervention Management:  The process of managing identified interventions for the entire school (Level 1) and individual student (Level 2). 

Targeted Intervention Management Model (TIMM): Targeted Intervention Management Model speaks specifically to the process in providing effective and timely interventions directly to Level 2 students and / or caseload. 

Motivational Interviewing:  A method that works on facilitating and engaging intrinsic motivation within the student in order to change behavior.

Targeted Interventions / Services (Level 2):  Students can be directly served or referred to external service providers.

Universal Services (Level 1):  School-wide preventative interventions and services available to all students in the school.

Professional Learning Team (PLT):  A process of bringing together the team to look at data (qualitative and quantitative) and to collaborate on strategies/practices that can drive improved student outcomes. 

Lead Data:  Indicators or data being sought after in the future; shooting for a target.

Lag Data:  Measuring data by looking back at performance. 

Dash Board Technology:  An easy to read, often single page, real-time user interface, showing a graphical presentation of the current status (snapshot) and historical trends of an organization’s key performance indicators to enable instantaneous and informed decisions to be made at a glance.

Implementation Science:  Implementation science is the study of methods to promote the integration of research findings and evidence into policy and practice.

Research Supported Practices:  Any practice or initiative that is supported by current research or best-practices. 

Data-Informed Supports & Interventions: The use of relevant and up-to-date data to determine what supports and interventions are most appropriate in a given situation.