MTSS wheel

What is it?

A multi-step process of providing instruction and support to promote academic and behavioral success of all children. Individual student progress is monitored and results are used to make decisions about further instruction and intervention.

What does the academic process look like?

The MTSS process typically has three tiers. Each tier provides differing levels of support.

  • Tier I, receive high quality curriculum and instruction in the general education classroom. The teacher assists all students.
  • Tier II, the school provides supplemental instructional support, usually in small groups, to students who need additional support to what they are receiving from their general curriculum.
  • Tier III, intense instructional support is provided to student with the greatest needs, with frequent progress monitoring.

What are the key components to any MTSS process?
A key component to the MTSS process is that all children receive high quality curriculum and instruction in the general education classroom (Tier I).

Another component of the MTSS process is that the school will conduct benchmark screenings three times a year to all students to monitor progress. As a result of these screenings, students may be identified as needing supplemental instruction (a Tier II level of support) in addition to high quality instruction they are receiving Tier I. Research based interventions are used to support students in the area of need. Progress monitoring will play a key role in determining student progress through the MTSS process. When the child meets their goal, the intervention will no longer be needed.

All students  will be a part of the Intervention time that we have set up for our school. This means that students will be grouped for a 25 minute time period, based on their instructional progress everyday. Some classes may focus on enrichment and higher level thinking where others may focus on fluency or phonics. MTSS is all about giving a student what they need.

If your student needs more support than the Tier II instruction, we will contact you. You play a key role in your student's success.

What can you do?

  • Make reading a habit at home
  • Communicate with your child's teacher
  • Monitor and assist with homework assignments
  • Ask for regular monitoring reports
  • Share your child's successes
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences and other school meetings about your child

Information collected from "A Family Guide to Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS)"