What is MTSS?

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a term used to describe an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem-solving to integrate academic, communication, and behavioral instruction and intervention.  In LPS, many educators referred to this in the past as RTI.

MTSS Resources

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  • National research-based practice used by the Nebraska Department of Education
  • MTSS supports all 3 tiers
  • Decisions are based on data
  • Encompasses both academic and behavior evidenced-based practices
  • Provides a systemic process for teachers and teams to support students
  • Implemented within the general education classroom or specialized settings
  • Integrates SAP, PBIS, CITW2, Explicit Instruction (Archer), & Data Teams
  • Multiple ways to meet individual student needs across tiers
  • Proactive way to address student needs

Purpose of MTSS

  • Supports students who are struggling academically and socially/emotionally
    • Supports staff to differentiate interventions based on individual need
    • Builds consistency and common practices/language across the district
  • Used to potentially identify students for special education (according to Rule 51)
    • Not every student who receives MTSS support is on the special education ‘track’
    • Intended to be an intervention process to prevent special education verification

LPS MTSS Framework