• Fidelity of Implementation Tool (FIT) Assessment 

What
  • The FIT is: 

    • a research-based assessment from the University of Kansas SWiFT Center that measures the extent to which a school implements MTSS for equity-based inclusive education
    • a tool that is used across the district in all of our comprehensive K-12 schools and some Multiple Pathways to Graduation (MPG) schools, providing reliable information about current systemic practices to inform improvement planning at the school and district level
    • a full-day, on-site, annual event including perspectives from students, caregivers, community partners, and certified, non-represented and PFSP staff
    • facilitated by someone outside of the school - in our case, a FIT TOSA and an MTSS TOSA 
    • a comprehensive tool that is organized into five domains:

FIT Team

Niki Johnson
Program Administrator - MTSS
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Aleta Alongi-Hernandez
FIT TOSA
Vincent Chirimwami
FIT TOSA
Domains & Features
Why?
  • The FIT provides:

    • schools with a broad range of focused feedback aligned with the science of education 
    • input from multiple perspectives, which can be difficult to collect in other ways
    • opportunities to celebrate success
    • process information to enhance school and district systems; it helps guide teams toward potential next steps 
    • a district-adopted common framework fostering aligned support for positive student experiences and outcomes
    • accountability information to the state for designated schools

     

    Implementing the SWiFT Framework (MTSS) alongside the FIT assessment leads to improved experiences and outcomes for all students:

    SWIFT PARTNER SCHOOL STUDENT OUTCOMES 

    STUDENT INCLUSION STEADILY INCREASED 

    • Students with disabilities were included in general education 80%+ of the time at rates above the national average in each year and schools with stronger implementation of SWIFT features had higher rates of inclusive placement 
    • Partner schools experienced a steady increase in the percent of students receiving services in general education settings for 80% or more of the day, and a decrease in removals of students with disabilities from general education settings 
    • For specific students with IEPs at the start and three consecutive years in SWIFT schools, 15.7% exited from special education services and were fully supported by their school 

    ACCESS TO ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION DUE TO GREATLY IMPROVED BEHAVIOR OUTCOMES 

    • In- and out-of-school suspension days per 100 students decreased by 32% or 26.9 days from baseline to project end for students with disabilities 
    • In- and out-of-school suspension days per 100 students decreased by 35% or 19.2 days from baseline to project end for all students 

    ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS 

    • SWIFT (MTSS) implementation is a significant predictor for both reading and math performance 
    • SWIFT (MTSS) implementation has a strong, positive correlation with larger increases in student reading scores 
    • Students in schools with the same state assessment for two consecutive years overall reading proficiency rate rose to 13% of students, a full percentage point over prior year 
    • Students in schools with the same state assessment for two consecutive years math proficiency rate increased 11%, 1.34 percentage points over the prior year
Resources
    • FIT Schedule Template - This is the only template that should be used when creating a school's FIT Schedule.
    • FIT Intro Slide Deck - This is available for administrators to use with school staff, if interested. 

     

    Do you wish more resources were provided? Do you have questions? Contact Niki Johnson at njohnson@pps.net.