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.
WHAT IS A MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORTS (MTSS)?
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.
KEY COMPONENTS OF MTSS
- MTSS encompasses RtI, SEL, and PBIS.
- MTSS addresses academic as well as the social, emotional, and behavioral development of children from early childhood to graduation.
- MTSS provides multiple levels of support for all learners (struggling through advanced).
- MTSS aligns resources and supports for students receiving instruction AND for teachers and other support staff who are delivering the instruction such as programs and materials.
- MTSS framework is an educational systems change paradigm continuously focused on overall school improvement that is sustainable.
- MTSS models strive to ensure that practices, policies, and programs are aligned on classroom, school, and district levels.
- MTSS produces benefits from continued support for teachers in delivering instruction, utilizing and developing effective curriculum, administering assessments, and using data to guide instruction.
- MTSS requires a greater focus on collaboration between general education and special education within each school as well as between the school and the district office and to some degree, changes the way that they have traditionally worked together to include a more collaborative and cohesive culture.
- MTSS is more likely to produce professional development that is aligned across school and district settings.
MTSS IMPLEMENTATION STAGES