Education K-12 M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser


The global COVID pandemic changed the educational landscape as we knew it in a drastic way. With the rise of special education evaluation requests and a need to strengthen the MTSS framework across schools, an urgency developed around the intersection of MTSS with interventions, including how accurately implementing UDL strategies could alleviate the pressure on the MTSS framework at schools. Many schools who were previously reactive to students who were struggling academically or behaviorally needed to take a more proactive and intentional approach. The author of this thesis reviewed a number of relevant literature that explored different examples of educational institutions with schoolwide structures where special education teachers and general education teachers work together and the MTSS process ended up being more inclusive and collaborative. This leads to better data gathering for students and stronger student outcomes. The purpose of this thesis is to explore best practices in supporting the development of a strong MTSS process and reducing the number of unnecessary special education evaluations.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis