Response to Intervention

What is MTSS?

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a whole child approach to provide targeted interventions and support to struggling students. MTSS supports academic growth and achievement, behavior, social and emotional needs, and absenteeism. MTSS grew out of the integration of two other intervention-based frameworks: Response to Intervention (RtI) and PBIS. MTSS provides a framework to respond and intervene to students with challenges that interfere with their ability to learn. The MTSS model can help general education students receive interventions sooner. It can also help identify sooner which students need special education.

Key Components of MTSS?

The MTSS model is a proactive approach to identifying students with academic or behavioral needs. Early assessment and intervention optimizes student growth.  The key components of MTSS include:

  • Universal screening of all students early in the school year

  • Tiers of interventions with targeted support that can be amplified in response to levels of need

  • Integrated plans that address students’ academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs

  • The use of evidence-based strategies

  • Ongoing data collection and continual assessment

  • School wide approach to expectations and supports. Administrators, teachers, counselors, and other specialists work as a team when they assess students and plan interventions.

  • Parent involvement

  • Professional development so staff can deliver interventions and monitor progress effectively