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Reading, behavior strategies earn state recognition 

Caledonia — Caledonia Community School buildings are being recognized at the state level for their work in the Multi-Tiered System of Supports.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports is a framework for providing research-based instruction for academics and behavior, which are matched to student needs, based on data, and monitored routinely to determine progress.

Since 2012, Caledonia has implemented MTSS to provide every student with a strong core curriculum and behavioral intervention.

The district earned the MTSS Data Utilization award, for looking at PK-12 student data in areas including attendance, behavior and academic performance during the 2021-2022 school year.

“We used a tool called the district capacity assessment,” Superintendent Dedrick Martin said. “After collecting this data, we evaluated our success—as well as areas to continue growing—at using a multi-tiered system of support, where additional interventions are provided for students who may need more support to learn their grade-level content.” 

Nine schools in the district earned the award for digging deeper into their individual school data to understand student needs and make plans to support students.

In addition, all five elementary schools and Duncan Lake Middle School received either a GOLD and/or BRONZE honor for the processes they established for implementing an MTSS framework in reading and/or behavior.

MTSS implementation is a priority of the Michigan Department of Education

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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