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  • MTSS (Mutli-Tiered System of Support) is a framework used to provide targeted support to struggling students.

  • It screens all kids and aims to address behavioral as well as academic issues.

  • The goal of MTSS is to intervene early so students can catch up with their peers.

  • Universal screening for all students early in each school year

  • Increasing levels of targeted support for those who are struggling

  • Integrated plans that address students’ academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs

  • The use of evidence-based strategies

  • A school-wide approach to student support. Teachers, counselors, psychologists and other specialists work as a team when they assess students and plan interventions.

  • Professional development so staff can deliver interventions and monitor progress effectively

  • Family involvement so parents can understand the interventions and provide support at home

  • Frequent monitoring of students’ progress so educators can use this data to help decide if more interventions are needed

  • Tier 1: The Whole Class. All students are taught with methods that research has shown to be effective. All students are screened to see who is and isn’t responding to these strategies. Kids may be broken into small groups that address different strengths and areas of need.

  • Tier 2: Small Group Interventions. Some students receive more targeted support in small groups. The scheduling of these interventions is important. The goal is to keep students from missing any core instruction or other Tier 1 activities that might make it harder to catch up.

  • Tier 3: Intensive, Individualized Support. A few students who move up to this most intensive level of support continue with Tier 1 activities. Their break-out groups are smaller than in Tier 2. And these sessions last longer and are more narrowly focused.

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