What is MTSS?

A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) integrates all students. It is a process that provides high-quality, research-based instruction targeted to learner needs. Needs are identified by monitoring students’ progress. Adjustments to instruction and interventions are based on students’ performance and rate of success. MTSS promotes a wellintegrated system, connecting general, gifted, and special education with intervention and enrichment services. MTSS provides high-quality, standards-based instruction and intervention that is matched to students’ academic, social and behavioral needs. MTSS was previously referred to as Response to Intervention.

Key Principles of MTSS

•Early intervention

•Multi-tiered model of service delivery that provides a continuum of support

•Instruction matched learners’ needs

•Progress monitoring data collected regularly to ensure effectiveness of instruction

•Research-based interventions and instruction

•Interventions implemented consistently and correctly

•Parent involvement is encouraged throughout the child’s educational journey

Potential Benefits of MTSS

•Improved education for ALL students

•Provides at-risk students with support earlier rather than later

•Progress monitoring data yields relevant, easily understood information

•Facilitates collaboration among educators, families and community-members