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Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (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 who might be struggling in the academic and social environment. The aim of MTSS is to intervene as early as possible in the problem-solving process to help a student or groups of students achieve to their highest potential. MTSS includes the process of Response to Intervention (RTI), which is a more individualized model of intervention and support. MTSS is supported by the input of staff that might include:


Academic Dean



ASC Staff

School Psychologist


Exceptional Student Resource Coordinator

Learning Specialist

Other interested parties as needed


The MTSS Essential Components are:

  • Shared Leadership
  • Data-Based Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Layered Continuum of Supports
  • Evidence-Based Instruction, Intervention, and Assessment Practices
  • Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring
  • Family, School, and Community Partnering


If, after careful data collection, implementation of interventions and collaborative decision-making the student is still not making expected progress, a more formal assessment process may convene if appropriate.