• Westerly Public Schools: Multi Tiered System of Supports


    A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a comprehensive system of evidence-based practices that address academic AND social and emotional concerns within a recursive and systematic problem-solving process. MTSS focuses on providing instruction and intervention to proactively meet the needs of ALL children.


    MTSS Pyramid


    MTSS stands for Multi-Tiered System of Supports. MTSS is an instructional framework that includes universal screening of all students, multiple tiers of instruction and support services, and an integrated data collection and assessment system to inform decisions at each tier of instruction. The framework can be used for, but is not limited to literacy, math, and positive behavior supports.


    Your child’s school is committed to providing high-quality instruction and support to promote the highest achievement of all students. At the school level, the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework used to maximize the success of all students


    What can I expect from schools using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports?

    ♦ Information on my child’s progress in meeting grade-level standards;

    ♦ Notice of academic or behavior concerns (early identification);

    ♦ Instruction and intervention that is matched to my child’s needs;

    ♦ Feedback on how my child is responding and making progress; and

    ♦ Involvement in individual, data-based problem solving for my child.


    How does the school identify and support students?

    ♦ During the year, schools screen all students to see which students are meeting gradelevel standards and which students need additional support.

    ♦ For the students needing more support, a school-based team uses a problem-solving process to plan interventions and monitor progress (Tiers 2 and 3).

    ♦ Tier 2 small-group problem-solving teams may include principals, educators, school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, instructional coaches, intervention specialists and parents.

    ♦ Tier 3 individual problem-solving teams should include parents and staff knowledgeable about the student, grade-level expectations and the problem-solving process.

    ♦ At Tier 3, individual diagnostic assessments may be administered to help plan the intervention.

    ♦ Parents are not required to attend problem-solving meetings, but do have the opportunity to participate in problem-solving for their child. This may be by call, Zoom or Google Meet, or at times, in person.  


    Who do I contact if my child is struggling and needs help?

    Contact your child’s educator, the school administrator or the school counselor with your concerns.