Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
A District initiative includes the implementation of Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS). This is a process used for identifying those students at specified grade levels who are struggling in school and then providing 25 differentiated instruction and intervention to address their needs. Part of the process involves screening all students three times per year to identify students who are at grade level (Benchmark or Tier 1), slightly below grade level (Strategic or Tier 2), and those well below grade level (Intensive or Tier 3), as measured by screening assessments such as Aimsweb+. Following the screening assessments, students’ individual Tiers are identified and an instructional plan is implemented for them. Tier 2 and Tier 3 students will be grouped for additional teacher guided instruction designed to improve their skills. Some of these students will receive this instruction with teachers other than their homeroom teacher. They will, however, continue to receive their regular instruction with their assigned teacher. Over the course of the intervention plan, Tier 2 and Tier 3 students are progress monitored to determine if growth is occurring as a result of the intervention. During and following the intervention program, results from the progress monitoring will be reviewed to determine the success of the intervention. Following a specific intervention period, students may move to a different tier, remain in their current tier and continue to receive the same intervention plan, or remain in their current tier and receive a different intervention program. The decision will be based solely upon the results of the progress monitoring data that has been collected over the intervention period. Parental involvement is key to a student’s individual success. Therefore, communication with the parent/guardian will be made as deemed necessary to insure student success and progress.