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What is the multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)?

The multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) is a framework that supports success for all students that:

  • provides early academic and behavioral help, rather than waiting for a student to fail;
  • provides an improved way for school teams to meet the individual needs of your child;
  • provides instruction at different levels or tiers depending on the needs of each student; and
  • is available to all students to help them succeed and to increase student achievement.


What are the goals of a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)?

The goals of the multi-tiered system of supports are to:

  • improve the quality of instruction;
  • prevent unnecessary academic and behavioral failure;
  • provide proven, or evidence-based, interventions for all students;
  • prevent unnecessary referral to special education;
  • prevent, rather than react to, student difficulties;
  • involve and support parents as partners in the MTSS process; and
  • to support teachers’ use of effective instructional strategies and practices.