Mutli Tiered System of Support

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a comprehensive framework supporting instruction for a full range of learners from struggling to the accelerated, utilizing intervention, assessment, staff selection and development, leadership, resource allocation, effective communication, and system processes and protocols. Academic, behavioral, and social-emotional supports are provided within this tiered system. Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI) are part of an overall MTSS framework.

MTSS intentionally interconnects the education, health, and human service systems in support of successful learners, schools, centers, and community outcomes. 

The five essential components of the Michigan Department of Education MTSS are:

  • Team-Based Leadership

  • Tiered Delivery System

  • Selection and Implementation of Instruction, Intervention, and Supports

  • Comprehensive Screening and Assessment System

  • Continuous Data-Based Decision-Making

Multi=Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)  Tier 1 80% Academic, behavioral, and social-emotional instruction and support provided to all students in all settings. Tier 2  15% More targeted instruction or intervention and supplemental support in additional to and aligned with the core instruction. Tier 3 5% The most intense (increased time, narrowed focus, reduced group size) instruction and intervention based upon individual student need provided in additional to and aligned with Tier 1 and 2 instruction and supports

Jennifer Rollenhagen

MTSS Manager