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    HB 4545 WHITE PAPER - MTSS - BRANCHING MINDS

    WHITE PAPER: Aligning House Bill 4545 With a Multi-Tiered System of Supports Framework

    This report was prepared by Branching Minds in collaboration with our partners in several of the largest school districts in Texas. It outlines the alignment of HB 4545 with the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework which is already operationalized in most Texas schools, and offers recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of HB 4545 by intentionally leveraging the MTSS framework to support accelerated instruction for struggling students.


    Branching Minds is Empowering Educators and Improving Student Outcomes in Texas

    Branching Minds is a mission-driven K-12 education company committed to empowering educators to effectively, efficiently and equitably improve student outcomes, while saving teachers time and effort. The platform is currently supporting over 1.5M students in nearly every state across the country, including over 500,000 students in Texas. Importantly, the platform helps districts and charters in Texas meet the requirements of HB 4545.

    The Branching Minds platform centralizes student assessment data and collective teacher insights to help teachers identify which students need support, with what and why — and then scaffolds the design and implementation of those support plans leveraging evidence-based resources to increase effectiveness and technology to streamline teacher workload.
    By making this information actionable, Branching Minds helps ensure that students are receiving the evidence-based accelerated learning support they need to meet grade-level standards and achieve academic success without overwhelming an overburdened teaching staff.

    In a survey conducted in 2022, 96% of educators using Branching Minds said that it saved them time and increased their effectiveness.

    Branching Minds provides this support to districts by helping them effectively manage and implement Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), a nationally recognized evidence-based framework for effectively integrating supports and interventions to:

    Improve student achievement
    Target learning loss recovery
    Monitor student progress
    Improve teacher effectiveness and efficiency

    MTSS is used across the state of Texas and in schools nationwide to provide well-designed instruction, closely monitor all students’ progress, and provide accelerated learning support to students who are struggling.


    Branching Minds is Supporting Students and Schools Across Texas

    Branching Minds has been partnering with schools and districts in Texas since 2015, and is currently supporting over 500,000 Texas students and more than 750 Texas schools to collaboratively manage their MTSS practice and simultaneously meet the requirements of HB 4545.

    Branching Minds assists our Texas school and district partners in achieving their HB 4545 goals and requirements by:

    Helping teachers and staff to quickly identify students needing supplemental instruction and accelerated learning committees based on STAAR data

    Making it easy for educators to document decisions made by the Accelerated Learning Committee and create plans for students

    Streamlining communication on ALC plans with all stakeholders, including families

    Allowing teachers to quickly document intervention minutes for each student to ensure that they are meeting targets

    Providing reports to track intervention minutes logged for students to ensure no students are missed or “slip through the cracks”

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    Branching Minds Helps Texas Districts With HB 4545 Requirements

    Districts need an efficient way to track students needing accelerated instruction and/or ALCs. Campus and district staff should quickly be able to identify these students and track the intervention minutes that have been logged for each one. Most importantly, ALCs should be able to quickly determine intervention efficiency and use the problem-solving approach to edit educational plans as needed for each student.

    Branching Minds supports our partners around the world with identifying students in need, creating individual and group support plans, and providing/documenting evidence-based intervention. In addition, through the use of our platform, Branching Minds supports seamless data collection for historical patterns and current decision-making. Here are some ways in which we are specifically helping our Texas partners as they implement HB 4545:

    Branching Minds and HB 4545

    STAAR data available in the platform:

    Teachers and staff can see a student’s historical STAAR data to make the best data-based decisions for each individual student.

    Help teachers and staff quickly identify students needing supplemental instruction and accelerated learning committees:

    Branching Minds shows which students are in need of support from an Accelerated Learning Committee to plan supplemental instruction, based on STAAR results.

    Efficiently document decisions made by the Accelerated Learning Committee:

    Track ALC Meeting completion in fulfillment of HB 4545 requirements, leveraging special meeting templates. Document all parent/guardian communications, meeting notes, and decision-making consistently.

    Educational plans established by the ALC can be documented and monitored with ease and efficiency:

    Individual or group plans including a SMART goal, a progress monitor, and an intervention or support can be quickly and easily created within the platform.

    Teachers can quickly document intervention minutes for each individual or group:

    Teachers or staff tasked with working with an individual or a group will receive weekly reminders to check off intervention minutes and input progress monitoring data.

    Intervention minutes report helps track the minutes that have been logged for students:

    Branching Minds provides reports to track intervention minutes logged for students to ensure no students are missed or “slip through the cracks.”

    While some districts have found some of these new requirements difficult to manage, Branching Minds helps make the process much easier for teachers and administrators, as illustrated in the chart above. Regardless of HB 4545, it is always a best practice to provide differentiated instruction and individualized support plans to all students identified as needing support at the end of the day.


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    With the Branching Minds Platform Texas Districts Can:

    • Document intervention plans in support of Texas HB 4545

    • View STAAR performance levels, ALC Meeting completion, and intervention minutes documented for each student to demonstrate compliance with Texas HB 4545

    • Log completion of ALC Meetings in support of Texas HB 4545


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    Improved Student Outcomes in Bryan Independent School District, TX

    Academic Data Highlights From the '21-'22 SY

     

    Bryan ISD is a public school district located in Bryan, Texas. It serves 15,984 students (81% of students from minority backgrounds; 77% qualify for free or reduced-price lunch) and a total of 27 schools. The district began their partnership with Branching Minds in 2019. Bryan ISD has heavily used Branching Minds to document support plans for at-risk students and all students needing accelerated instruction according to a recent bill passed in Texas, HB 4545. District leaders at Bryan ISD have also worked with BRM as a thought partner to improve and release new features that can support the work of district and campus MTSS leaders.

    Data collected from the NWEA MAP reading and math universal screening assessments show that students who scored in the lowest 25th percentile for reading and math at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year had significant improvements in their performance at both the winter and spring benchmarks.

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