Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
The Morris School District is committed to providing high-quality instruction and support to promote the highest academic achievement for all students. The Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework used to maximize the success of all students. The MTSS framework allows for the implementation of continuous improvement processes at all levels of the system (academic, behavioral, social and emotional domains). A clearly defined MTSS framework details how our district and school sites go about providing various supports for each child to be successful, and it outlines the processes and tools teachers use to make decisions. It is the practice of providing scientific, research-based instruction and interventions to students, based on need.
WHAT IS A MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORTS?
- A Multi-Tiered System of Supports is NOT a separate program, class or intervention. It is a way of organizing instruction and intervention to help all students.
- The goal of a multi-tiered framework is to provide high-quality instruction and supports based on student needs in a coordinated manner that allows acquisition of missing skills while still instructing grade level content .
- No tier is more important than the others! Unless all three tiers are working together, progress won’t be seen.
- The multi-tiered framework also helps teachers by providing data to identify students who require additional support (academic and behavioral). Overtime, the framework can also help us identify students who may need special education.
WHAT ARE THE KEY COMPONENTS OF A MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORTS
• High-quality Instruction
• Universal Screening to identify students needing supplemental support
• Multiple tiers of academic and behavioral support that become progressively more intensive
• Evidence-based interventions matched to student need
• Response to Intervention /Ongoing progress monitoring
WHAT ARE MULTI-TIERED SUPPORTS
A Multi-Tiered System of Supports organizes instruction and interventions into tiers, or levels of support.
TIER 1 - All students receive high-quality differentiated instruction in academics. All students receive responsive supports for behavior and SEL growth.
TIER 2 - In addition to Tier I, any students identified through data analysis as needing more support also receive expanded, differentiated intervention like additional, targeted small groups, additional conferencing with teacher. The difference between Tier I and Tier 2 is increased time, a more narrow, targeted focus for instruction.
TIER 3 - In addition to Tier 1 and Tier 2, any students identified as “2 or more years below grade level” and not responding to Tier I and Tier 2 also receive Tier 3 the most intensive support based on individual need. A member of the Title I Intervention Team will provide interventions at Tier 3.
WHAT ARE THE ROLES IMPLEMENTING A MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORTS
All Morris School District staff, students and families play a critical role in implementing the MTSS. At each tier, responsibilities and lead roles may shift depending on the progress and/or sustained needs of the student. The table below is a GENERAL representation of the roles and responsibilities for implementing the Multi-Tiered System of Supports in the Morris School District.
RESOURCES FOR IMPLEMENTING A MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORTS
In the Morris School District, a significant amount of resources both financial and human go into creating success at each tier of our MTSS framework. Below is a list of resources available to staff, students and families at each tier of the MTSS framework.