HAL/MTSS Pilot Project
Gifted and talented services are generally “one size fits all.” We know that gifted students are unique and have varying needs. Putting them into cookie-cutter gifted programs may not allow all students to reach their maximum potential and grow. Additionally, we do not often evaluate the effectiveness of interventions used for gifted students. While educational accountability is a hot topic, there are very few accountability measures for gifted programs.
The listed issues above bring us to our proposed research: is using a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) for advanced learners an effective strategy to promote academic growth in gifted students? MTSS has been primarily used to identify and support struggling students and identify for special education. While the mode has primarily been used this way, recent models have extended to include high ability learners in the MTSS system.
While there are several models of MTSS for gifted learners, there is very little data and research to support the models. This study is important because the effectiveness of the system determines the appropriateness of MTSS for high ability students. If the system is appropriate, using the existing MTSS systems in schools to help support gifted students helps schools to best serve all learners.
If you are interested in reading more about this study, please see the school recruitment letter below: