Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
Multi-Tiered System of Supports is the practice of providing high quality, research-based instruction and behavioral support in general education as well as interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals and applying student response data to important educational decisions.
Teams of educators with a variety of expertise work together as equals and engage in shared problem solving around students who do not respond to high quality instruction. Parents are informed and involved throughout this process.
MTSS is a framework that revolves around Data-Based-Decision Making. In order to be effective it must have these essential components: universal screening, progress monitoring and multi-leveled instruction. All of these components must be implemented using evidence based practices with fidelity to instruction.