DCS Multi-Tiered System of Support Plan


Duplin County Schools will support schools in providing a Multi-Tiered System of Support for total school improvement. Professional development, coaching, research, and evaluation will be provided as schools work to disaggregate data and respond to the needs of students. Duplin County Schools believes that MTSS is the most effective and efficient approach to improving student performance, thereby ensuring equitable access to a sound basic education, resulting in college and career readiness for all students.

What is a Multi-Tiered System of Support?

As defined by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, “MTSS is a multi-tiered framework which promotes school improvement through engaging, research-based academic and behavioral practices. NC MTSS employs a systems approach using data-driven problem-solving to maximize growth for all.”

MTSS and Educational Equity

Equity is deeply embedded in the MTSS framework — which, at its core, provides a set of systems, structures, and practices to build a positive, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for each student.

A system of MTSS that advances equity gives all students access to an equitable

education in the most inclusive environment possible.

This access is provided using universal screening and progress monitoring data to start

a student in the least intensive support environment, and adding or removing that

support as needed.

The practice of data-based decision-making and documentation of MTSS interventions can

eliminate any bias that may exist in schools. The use of data in MTSS can uncover disparities in

interventions provided based on race, ethnicity, or other student group identifiers— leading

to over-referrals for discipline or special education.

The emphasis of a strong Tier 1, Core Instruction through a positive and inclusive school

climate also drives equity. When examining the proportion of students requiring additional

Tier 2 and Tier 3 supports, first check that Tier 1 is truly equitable and inclusive.

‘Three Critical Paradigm Shifts for Equity in Education” (1).pdf

A Shift in Equity Mindsets

DCS Culturally Responsive Teaching.pptx

Culturally Responsive Classroom

Outcomes and Purposes

  • MTSS systematizes the school improvement process and coordinates with all district initiatives for the improvement of students.

  • School-wide instructional practices are aligned to the School Improvement Plan, the NCSCOS, and district resources for consistency and best practices across the district.

  • MTSS will focus on prevention, early intervention, and data-based decision-making.

  • Interventions are aligned to the area of need, evidence-based, and monitored for student improvement.

  • MTSS strives for a school culture that promotes communication, trust, and shared responsibility for equitable student learning.