Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a systemic, continuous-improvement framework in which data-based problem-solving and decision making is practiced across all levels of the educational system for supporting students. Both Response to Intervention RTI and Positive Behavioral Instructional Support/PBIS are examples of multi-tiered systems of support.

What is RTI (Response to Intervention)?

  • RTI was an earlier version of what has now evolved to become the MTSS. It used a scientifically based research to provide students with the latest curriculum and programs to provide remediation options to the classroom curriculum.

What is PBIS?

  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a State-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students. Many schools in Vermont are engaged in using this formal system of positive behavioral supports in their schools.

What is MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support)?

  • The second generation of RTI, MTSS is considered a comprehensive, systemic approach to teaching and learning designed to improve learning outcomes for all students through the use of scientific, research-based differentiated and intensified assessment, instruction and intervention.

How can families be involved?

  • Maintain positive home-school relationships
  • Communicate and collaborate with your school regularly  on your child’s progress  in the curriculum
  • Learn and  understand the RtII model and how it impacts your child.
  • Parents/families to participate in goal setting, intervention development, monitoring of progress, and evaluation of their child
  • Parent input is critically important to integrate into each tier of intervention


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