Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)/Responsive Instruction (RI)

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/her needs and progress.

Tiers of Support: Academics, Behavior, and Student Wellness

Three tiered triangle with the text "Tier 1 Core: Schoolwide" at the bottom tier with a green background, "Tier 2: Targeted Intervention" in the middle tier with a yellow background, and "Tier 3: Intensive Intervention" at the top tier with a red background. Academics, Behaviors, and Wellness are addressed at each tier.
The MTSS/RI triangle consists of three tiers. At all tiers, teachers monitor students' response to core instruction and interventions. At all tiers, teachers monitor students’ response to core instruction and interventions.

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/RI

  • 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

Parental Help

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 schoolwide communications

If you have questions about MTSS/RI, 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.