Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

  • MTSS GraphicMulti-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

    What is Multi-Tiered Systems of Support ?

    Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a framework that focuses on intervention best practices within the areas of academics, behavior, and social/emotional supports for the whole child. Tiers are based on student need and increase the level of support provided as a student moves from classroom-wide, to targeted and intensive interventions.

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  • Major Components of MTSS

    • Data-based decision making -- Critical educational decisions are based on assessment results.  Data is carefully analyzed to determine why academic or behavioral problems exist.
    • Universal screening -- Universal screeners are assessments administered to all students to determine as early as possible which students are at risk of not meeting academic benchmarks.  These screenings are administered three times per year in order to meet early intervention needs of all students.
    • Tiered model of delivery -- The MTSS process incorporates a tiered model of delivery of instruction.  The tiers reflect increasing intensification of interventions to meet the individual needs of students. Click here for more info on Tiered Model of Delivery.
    • Progress monitoring -- The monitoring of student progress is a research-based practice that produces data about student growth over time.  Progress monitoring is used to determine the effectiveness of instruction and/or interventions.
    • Fidelity of Implementation -- Fidelity of implementation is achieved when the delivery of instruction, assessments, and progress monitoring is carried out as it was designed to be.

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  • Purpose of MTSS

    The purpose of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support is to provide guidance and resources for providing timely identification of and assistance to students who have difficulty meeting the standards of the core curriculum.

    MTSS provides a framework for ensuring that ALL students’ needs are addressed through:

    • Scientific Research-based Curriculum
    • Documented assessment
    • Progress monitoring
    • Appropriate instruction
    • Additional services as indicated

    Multi-Tiered Systems of Support is not a program and it's more than a checklist to be completed. It is truly a means for ensuring that student success occurs on a daily basis.

    SB 1153

    This bill entitles a parent access to student records including information related to intervention strategies from a multi-tiered system of support.

    Each school year, Hays CISD will notify a parent of each child receiving assistance through applied intervention strategies from the district. The parent notification will be written in English, or to the extent possible, in the parent’s native language and include the following information:

    • a reasonable description of the intervention strategies,
    • information collected regarding the intervention strategies (progress monitoring data),
    • an estimate of the duration of the intervention, and the date on which a progress report will be provided. 
  • Links to Additional Resources

    MTSS Fact Sheet/Hoja de datos para las familias

    RTI Action Network

    A program of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the RTI Action Network is dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in school districts nationwide. Our goal is to guide educators and families in the large-scale implementation of RTI so that each child has access to quality instruction and that struggling students – including those with learning and attention issues – are identified early and receive the necessary supports to be successful.

    Intervention Central

    Intervention Central provides teachers, schools and districts with free resources to help struggling learners and implement Response to Intervention and attain the Common Core State Standards.

    Florida Center for Reading Research

    Part of the Florida Center for Reading Research’s mission is to disseminate information about research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in pre-school through 12th grade. To this end, FCRR has provided a selection of resources and materials of particular interest to education practitioners.

    Meadows Center Resource Library   (

    The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) is dedicated to generating, disseminating, and supporting the implementation of empirically validated practices to influence educators, researchers, policymakers, families, and other stakeholders who strive to improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes for all learners.  MCPER serves students, educators, and families throughout the nation.