Muti-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

MTSS is a framework that is designed to meet the needs of the whole child through an integrated multi-level prevention system. MTSS uses team-based leadership, and data-based decision making, to meet the academic and non-academic needs of all students. High quality core academic instruction and non academic practices are provided as universal supports to all children. Evidence-based intervention and supports are matched to student needs and informed by ongoing progress monitoring and additional assessments.

MTSS is a way to meet the learning needs of all students. It refers to evidenced-based, instructional strategies, interventions and other resources that are used to help all students achieve. MTSS is evidence-based, and uses problem solving to address both academic and behavioral instruction and interventions, (FL MTSS, 2011). When a school uses MTSS, all students are taught the same content, however some students receive additional help when needed. A school team reviews your child’s progress using data to determine how to support your child’s needs.

How can families get involved?

  • Ask how MTSS works in your child’s school.
  • What supports does the school provide? What data are used to decide whether students receive extra support?
  • How can I be kept informed about the support my child will receive?
  • Talk to your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths and needs—Check out PIC’s ‘Talking with your Child’s Teacher’ for specific tips you can use when sharing information about your child
  • Learn about and use those strategies which have been successful with your child at school, at home.
For more information about MTSS, including state initiatives and resources
Fact Sheet; Talking with your child's Teacher

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