Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS)

  • MTSS  is a school-based, multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems. Often referred to as "response to intervention" in the educational community as well as MTSS.

    The four essential components of MTSS, as outlined by the Center on Multi-tiered System of Supports, are:

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    Multi-tier System of Supports Initiative:

    Effectively identify students needing additional instructional support, monitor student progress using multiple data points to inform instruction and to implement effective interventions to address the unique needs of these learners (K through 12).


    Desired outcomes:
    • Increase the number of students who are successful in every classroom
    • Increase the number of students who graduate from high school
    • Increase the number of students who complete higher education

    How this is achieved:

    • Emphasis on differentiated learning for all students
    • Teachers use data to inform and guide instruction
    • Formative assessments are routinely used to measure student progress
    • Teachers share data and troubleshoot within their Professional Learning Community (PLC)
    • Create a system of interventions and performance monitoring for students who struggle whether academically, emotionally or with social/behavioral difficulties
    • Develop a consistent K-12 system with three tiers of intervention, well-coordinated with common tools between schools/programs