How can parents support the MTSS Process?

Parents play a large role in student math achievement. Oftentimes, parents need just as much support as your students. They do not inherently understand the ins and outs of an MTSS process and need some additional guidance.

When guiding a parent through your MTSS process, you enable them to better support their children. Educators often need parent buy-in to help encourage student growth. Parents can hold their children accountable and further push them through their development. 

So, what does support look like? How you support a parent varies from how you would support your individual students. At the core, you need to educate parents by explaining the MTSS process and what that looks like for their child. Teachers should use solid data when explaining their child’s role in the MTSS process. Parents also want the best for their children, so take some time to explain how each parent can best support their child.

Explain the MTSS Process

For individuals outside of the academic world, the MTSS process can sound confusing. Educators need to explain the three tiers of support and specifically which tier their child falls in. Giving this high-level context allows parents to understand how you categorize your students.

Tier 1 students receive the Common Core instruction. Parents will typically understand this form of instruction. These students do not need further intervention or assistance. They perform as expected in the classroom.

In tier 2, these students require a little more instruction than the typical Common Core. They fall slightly behind the expected academic outcomes and tend to get their additional instruction in small groups of like-minded students. 

Finally, students can fall into tier 3 and need intense additional instruction. These students need further progress monitoring and support. Depending on where a student falls, educators need to bring the MTSS process to the parents’ attention, as students have varying needs at each level.

Teacher working with students

Present data

Parents often want to believe that their student performs as they should, making it difficult for educators to effectively explain their observations. During this time, hard data can really make a difference.

Present the parents with scores from standardized assessments and other forms of academic measurement to make your case. Gathering this data can become a difficult task if it resides in different silos and systems. Platforms like SpringMath make educating parents easier.

SpringMath allows you to generate interventions that target individual or classwide needs. With assessments and interventions in one place, teachers can easily monitor student progress and generate actionable reports. Sharing these scores and reports with parents helps keep every parent in the loop.

Say what support looks like

Support varies by child and tier. As an educator, you need to coach parents on how they can best support their student’s education. This support will translate into higher achievement and retention in the classroom no matter where the student resides in the MTSS process.

Parents can support their students by practicing newly learned skills at home and placing a priority on homework. These parents should communicate with their student’s teacher regularly and contribute to progress monitoring. The more involved a parent becomes in their student’s academic work, the more they can influence progress at home.

SpringMath encourages teachers to educate their students as well as parents. Parents play a crucial role in how students view their education. Tools like SpringMath help make intervention easy and effective. Teachers can pull actionable reports that speak to a student’s abilities. Interested in learning more about SpringMath and how it can help you in your MTSS process? Request a demo today.

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