Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)


Philosophy of MTSS

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a term used to describe an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem-solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention.

  • The integrated instruction and intervention is delivered to students in varying intensities (multiple tiers) based on student need.

  • “Need-driven” decision-making seeks to ensure that district resources reach the appropriate students (schools) at the appropriate levels to accelerate the performance of all students to achieve and/or exceed proficiency.

MTSS Pyramid

In the past, MTSS has been used for both academics and behavior within RCS.  For academic interventions, you may hear the term “Response to Intervention” or RtI.  Students in K-8 who receive academic interventions receive targeted support based on regular assessments, often called “screeners.”  In grades 9-12, academic support is often based on performance on local and state assessments and may require students to participate in additional academic intervention support (AIS) classes.

For behavioral MTSS, schools have utilized Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).  PBIS is a team-based systematic approach in teaching behavioral expectations throughout the school. It is based on a proactive model which teaches the behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who are able to model these behaviors and has systems in place to support students who have a difficult time or may present with more challenging behaviors.

Similar to academics, RCS utilizes a screening tool to support students behaviorally.  Students are also often identified through teacher referrals, discipline data, and parent consultation.  Additional support may include:

  • Regular “check-ins”

  • Restorative Circles

  • Reach-Out-Rooms

  • Behavior Support or Improvement Plans

School Based Support Team (SBST) - Also known as the “Child Study Team,” the district is modifying its team approach to discussing students' need for support.  Parents, teachers, student support staff and administrators to discuss the needs of a child and the approach in best supporting them.  More to come on this important process.

If you feel your child needs additional support in academics or behavior, please contact your child’s teacher to discuss further.

Benefits of MTSS

  • Increases attendance.

  • Student self-reports of a more positive and calm environment.

  • Teacher reports of a more positive and calm environment.

  • Reduction in the proportion of students who engage in behavioral disruptions.

  • Reduction in the total number of behavioral disruptions.

PBIS website for RCS Middle School