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What Is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)?

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a term used to describe an evidence- based model of schooling that uses data-based problem-solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention.  The integrated instruction and intervention is delivered to students in varying intensities (multiple tiers) based on student need.  “Need-driven” decision-making seeks to ensure that district resources reach the appropriate students (schools) at the appropriate levels to accelerate the performance of ALL students to achieve and/or exceed proficiency.

The MTSS framework utilizes a 3-tier approach to provide ALL students with the best opportunities to succeed academically and behaviorally in school. MTSS focuses on:

  • providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to student need.
  • monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals.
  • using data-based decision making to allocate supports to improve student learning.
  • supporting staff implementation of effective evidenced-based practices.
  • implementing a problem solving model as the underlying mechanism for positive change

 

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