Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports

What is MTSS?

Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a systematic, continuous improvement framework that ensures student success and growth by meeting their academic, social-emotional and behavioral needs.  


By providing tiered instruction the teacher is able to differentiate to meet the needs of the individual student, both academically and behaviorally.

How does MTSS work?

MTSS will make all students more successful in school and on track for graduation while preparing them to be college or career ready. MTSS has been implemented and proven effective in districts across the country.

How is MTSS different than current practice?

MTSS has three levels, or tiers, of instruction and support, all aimed at giving teachers a streamlined way to provide the best instruction to all students.

  • Tier I includes the instruction and support provided to all children. 
  • Tier II serves students needing more help. Extra instruction and support often are provided to these children in small groups. 
  • Tier III is for children who need intense support in order to succeed. Extra instruction and support are provided, often in even smaller groups or one-on-one.


MTSS provides guidelines to more quickly identify both challenges and solutions. Timely data – including test scores, suspension rates, attendance and more – are used to help problem solve and identify the levels of supports needed for students.

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We believe that a comprehensive MTSS that addresses the academic and social/behavioral needs of all students will enable the educational system, at all levels, to focus resources more effectively and efficiently to guarantee that all students will become college and career ready.