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Multi-Tiered System of Support

MTSS
A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a systemic, continuous improvement framework in which data-based problem-solving and decision making is practiced across all levels of the educational system for supporting students. 

MTSS is a framework for aligning resources and initiatives; it is a method of organization.  It aligns academic standards and behavioral expectations, implemented with fidelity and sustained over time and utilizes high quality evidence-based instruction, intervention, and assessment practices to ensure that every student receives the appropriate level of support to be successful. “MTSS are recommended in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as a “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.”  MTSS is a:
  • Framework that creates inclusive and equitable school based systems that ensure all students have equal opportunities to learn at high levels
  • Helps to organize resources, supports, and staff to serve students
  • Responsibility of all educators to design vs rebuild
  • Uses data-based decision-making, problem solving, and progress monitoring 
  • Builds on a strong Tier 1 program (academic, behavior, social emotional) for students 
  • Clarifies what Tier 1, 2, 3 services, look like and “how to” access supports for students.  
  • Ensures students get support when they need it