Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)
MTSS for Academics and Behavior is a framework that many schools use to provide targeted support to struggling students. It focuses on the “whole child.” MTSS supports academic growth and achievement, but it also supports many other areas. This includes behavior, social and emotional needs, and absenteeism. The multi-tiered supports are a huge part of MTSS. These tiers of support increase in intensity from one level to the next. For example, some kids receiving small-group interventions may need to “move up” to one-on-one help. The MTSS model can help general education students receive interventions sooner. It can also help identify sooner which students need special education. (Source: www.understood.org)
At Highlands, MTSS includes standards-aligned, culturally responsive and high quality core instruction, universal screening, data-based decision-making, tiered services and supports, family engagement, central/building level leadership and professional learning. MTSS represents a broad set of evidence-based practices intended to help ALL students meet with continuous academic and behavioral success.