What is MTSS?

MTSS stands for Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports. MTSS is a regular education initiative to provide all students with appropriate academic and behavioral instruction prior to student failure. Ongoing school-wide assessments are used to help identify students who are not meeting expectations. Interventions are then put in place to meet the child's specific needs. The child's progress is continuously monitored and decisions are made to help the child be successful, academically and behaviorally.

What MTSS is

- data-driven process to improve student achievement

-general education led effort implemented within the general education system, coordinated with all other

services, including special education, therapies, etc.

-system to provide instructional intervention immediately upon student need

-process to determine if a student responds to scientific, research-based interventions

What MTSS is NOT

-an individual teacher or classroom

-special education program

-extra period of reading or math instruction

-separate stand-alone initiative

As seen in the diagram below, this support follows a three-tiered model. As a child moves through tiers, from Tier 1 to Tier 3, the amount of time a student receives intervention increases, while the students served in those tiers decreases. Tier 1 provides interventions to all students in their regular education classroom. Tier II typically involves a student receiving one small group intervention, while Tier III provides for two or more interventions in a particular skill area, usually in a small group or 1:1 setting. To learn more about how Liberty Bell provides MTSS services, please click here.

Reference: Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII): A Fact Sheet for Parents. Retrieved from on July 11, 2011.