The term “multi-tier system of supports” means a comprehensive continuum of evidence-based, systemic practices to support a rapid response to students’ needs, with regular observation to facilitate data-based instructional decision making. (PL114-95, December 2015, Sec. 8101(33)).
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.