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MTSS (Multi-Tier System of Supports)

by Shari Rooks

January 12, 2012

What is MTSS?
MTSS is a multi-step process of providing instruction and support to promote the academic and behavioral success of all children. Individual children’s progress is monitored and results are used to make decisions about further instruction and intervention. MTSS is most commonly used in addressing reading, math and behavior, but it can also be used in other areas. The MTSS process is flexible and designed by school districts to meet the needs of their students.

What does the MTSS process look like?
The MTSS process typically has three tiers. Each tier provides differing levels of support.

In Tier I, all students receive high quality curriculum and instruction in the general education classroom. The teacher assists all students.
In Tier II, the school provides supplemental instructional support, usually in small groups, to students who need additional support to what they are receiving from the general curriculum.
In Tier III, intense instructional support is provided to students with the greatest needs, with frequent progress monitoring.

This year we are using a "walk to intervention" model for MTSS. With "walk to interventions", we have an intervention time scheduled for all students every day. Interventions are tailored to meet the individual needs of students. The intervention groups we have for our students include phonics, fluency, comprehension, and enrichment instruction. 


Where can I find out more information on MTSS?

Talk to your child’s teacher or principal for more information about how MTSS is being implemented in your child’s school.

Kansas Parent Information Resource Center (KPIRC)

Families Together, Inc. (PTI)

Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE)

Kansas MTSS website


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