Policy 608 - Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Framework
The purpose of this policy is to establish a framework to ensure that all students receive high quality, evidence-based general education core instruction and, as appropriate, strategic and/or intensive intervention supports matched to student needs.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
The district utilizes the core principles of the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process to improve educational and social and emotional behavioral outcomes for all students.
III. DEFINITIONS AND ELEMENTS OF MTSS
“Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)” is a process which combines systematic assessment, decision-making and a multi-tiered services delivery model to improve educational and social and emotional behavioral outcomes for all students.
For MTSS implementation to work well, the following essential elements must be implemented with fidelity and in a rigorous manner:
- High-quality, scientifically based classroom instruction. All students receive high-quality, evidence-based instruction in the general education classroom.
- Ongoing student assessment. Universal screening and progress monitoring provide information about a student’s learning rate and level of achievement, both individually and in comparison with the peer group. These data are then used when determining which students need closer monitoring or intervention. Throughout the MTSS process, student progress is monitored frequently to examine student achievement and gauge the effectiveness of the curriculum. Decisions made regarding students’ instructional needs are based on multiple data points taken in context over time
- Tiered instruction. A multi-tiered approach is used to efficiently differentiate instruction for all students. The model incorporates increasing intensities of instruction offering specific, research-based interventions matched to student needs.
- Parent involvement. Schools implementing MTSS provide parents information about their child’s progress, the instruction and interventions used, the staff who are delivering the instruction, and the academic or behavioral goals for their child.year.
- Seattle Public Schools Policy 2163 (Supports & Interventions)
- Laurel School District Policy IDAA (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)
- RTI Network: http://www.rtinetwork.org/learn/what/whatisrti
- “Taking Action: A Handbook for RTI at Work”: Austin Buffum, Mike Mattos, Janet Malone
Adopted: August 6, 2019
Reviewed: November 17, 2020