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What is the Self-Assessment of NDMTSS (SAND) Implementation?

Quality implementation of MTSS is associated with an increased likelihood of instruction and interventions leading to successful student outcomes. Thus, it is important for schools to monitor not only student outcomes, but also how assessments, instruction, interventions, and data-based decision-making are put into place (i.e., the fidelity with which these elements are implemented). Successful implementation is influenced by many factors within and around the school system (e.g., professional development, administrative support, data systems, staff member perceptions, successful adaptation, etc.)


As a measure of school-level implementation of an MTSS, the focus of this instrument is on the necessary actions and activities to successfully implement and sustain the critical elements of MTSS with fidelity. The critical elements of MTSS referred to throughout the instrument include:

  • Curriculum standards
  • Assessments used to inform instruction
  • Multi-tiered instruction and intervention
  • Data-based decision-making used to make decisions

To promote a common understanding, staff that complete the instrument are urged to discuss the elements of MTSS and how they relate to components of their school’s system for educating all students. MTSS should not be thought of as a separate initiative or program that must be implemented. Rather, MTSS provides a framework for the integration of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports. Other initiatives such as the implementation of educational policies and regulations, new assessment systems, or new instructional strategies also should be considered in the context of how they fit within an MTSS. MTSS provides a framework for implementing educational practices to ensure the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional success of all students.

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