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Wayne Sailor, PhD, Principal Investigator

James Basham, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator

Jeong Hoon Choi, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator



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Institute for Educational Sciences (IES)

Topic: Technology for Education

Goal 2-Development and Innovation


4-year project 2019-2023



• Develop a secure digital Decision Support System (DSS) 

• Iteratively field test DSS in a school using Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

• Evaluate the short term impact of DSS implementation on valued student outcomes


DataWall laptop



Decision Support System

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DataWall System

• Digital, web-based, secure

• Integrates multiple databases 

• Facilitates decision-making
: Recognize Patterns
, Thresholds/Alerts
, Mark Interventions

Team Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS) Process 

• Evidenced-based, behavior

• Meeting foundations

• Decision making-protocol 

• Prior general references to data replaced with DataWall references


DataWall + TIPS = Decision Support System (DSS)




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Planning Phase: 2019-2020

Field Test: 2020-2021

Pilot Study: 2021-2023


Project Evaluation

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Research Questions

• Fidelity of DSS and Fidelity of MTSS implementation

• Usability, Feasibility, and Acceptability

• Impact Analysis

• Cost Analysis 


• MTSS Fidelity Checklist

• TIPS Fidelity Checklist 

• Focus groups (Field tes t-Yr 2)

• User statistics from DSS

• Student outcome data (Pilot study -Yr 3 and 4)




The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Educational Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant #R324A190054 to the University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.