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July 13, 2021

Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports Needed Now More Than Ever

Fight for Life, Indianapolis, IN

MTSS tiers help schools to organize levels of supports based on intensity so that students receive necessary instruction, support, and interventions based on need. As such, student identities are not based on tier levels. Instead, individuals are identified as students in need of supports. The article below from PBIS Rewards does a great job of explaining multi-tiered systems.

Source: PBIS Rewards | Repost Fight for Life Foundation 7/13/2021 –

What is MTSS?

Some students struggle with academics. Others struggle with behavioral challenges. Still others struggle with both. How do schools respond to students with challenges or struggles that interfere with their ability to learn?

Many schools use a framework of interventions and supports designed to address these behavioral and academic challenges. This framework, known as MTSS, helps schools to identify struggling students early so that they may receive assistance quickly. But what is MTSS?

Defining MTSS

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework that helps educators provide academic and behavioral strategies for students with various needs. MTSS grew out of the integration of two other intervention-based frameworks: Response to Intervention (RtI) and PBIS.

As part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) updated by Congress in 2004, the Response to Intervention model of assessment originally sought to identify students who would benefit from more intensive supports. From these beginnings as a tool to help improve educational outcomes for students in special education, MTSS has grown to encompass all students at every level.

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