Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
A multi-tiered system of support that uses students’ data to make decisions in order to provide high quality instruction and intervention.
In a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework, school teams make data informed decisions in order to provide high quality instruction. Some students will require additional academic, behavior, and/or social-emotional wellness support. Families are partners in this process and your child’s school will share information about his or her needs and progress.
Tiers of Support: Academics, Behavior, and Student Wellness
At all tiers, teachers monitor students’ response to core instruction and interventions.
Tier 1 - All students receive:
- Evidence-based, high quality core instruction
- Differentiated instruction and additional support as needed.
Tier 2 - Some students receive:
- Small group targeted intervention in addition to high quality core instruction.
Tier 3 - Few students receive:
- Intensive intervention in area(s) of need in addition to high quality core instruction.
Key Components of MTSS
- Collective Responsibility: belief that all students will achieve high levels of learning.
- High Quality Core Instruction: instruction in academics, behavior, and wellness.
- Monitoring Student Progress: practice of reviewing students’ data over time to evaluate progress.
- Data Informed Decision-Making Across the Tiers: decisions based on data to inform instruction.
- Early Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions: provision of timely support.
- Family, School, and Community Partnership: active partnerships to ensure student success.
Family involvement has a positive impact on student achievement.
- Talk with your child’s teacher.
- Encourage your child’s participation in class.
- Review and talk about schoolwork and what your child is learning and doing.
- Celebrate successes.
- Be knowledgeable about your child’s progress.
- Be aware of school-wide communications.
If you have questions about MTSS, please contact your child’s teacher with further questions.
If at any time you suspect your child has a disability, you have the right to make a referral to the Local Screening Committee. Visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/child-find for information.