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
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
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.