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Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

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San Antonio, Texas 78212
210-554-2485 (phone)

What is MTSS?


Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a whole-child approach to learning that integrates academic, behavioral, and social-emotional instruction and support.

MTSS optimizes student growth through a proactive, preventative framework comprised of multiple layers, or tiers, aligned to the varying needs of our students. Descriptions of each tier is as follows:

Tier 1 is comprised of effective, school-wide systems and differentiated core instruction;

Tier 2 is comprised of targeted, intervention support; and

Tier 3 is comprised of more intense interventions than are found at Tier 2 and more individualized instruction.

These tiers form the pillars of the integrated continuum of student supports (Buffom, Mattos, & Weber, 2010) that are necessary if a true MTSS process is to be effective. 

As a framework, MTSS establishes intentionality and efficient organization of all district and campus services offered for both students and staff. It aligns our work and facilitates a focus on collaboration, growth, and multi-faceted approaches to student support. With implementation fidelity, MTSS has the power to close achievement gaps and address the critical needs of all students including those served by special programs such as Bilingual, Gifted and Talented (GT), English Language Learners (ELL), 504/Dyslexia, and Special Education.

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