TIERS & MTSS Description

Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), formerly Response to Intervention (RtI), is a framework of instruction that provides support to ALL students to ensure mastery of grade-level content standards.  The tiers of MTSS provide varying levels of support for students who are struggling to reach mastery as well as those to exceed grade-level.

MTSS provides a framework that incorporates high-quality core instruction, screening, progress monitoring and data-based decision making to provide effective instruction.

MTSS centers on three tiers of instruction:

Tier 1 instruction, also known as core instruction, is at grade level instruction that each student receive on a daily basis.  For the majority of students, Tier 1 instruction will meet their academic needs.  

Tier 2 instruction is supplemental instruction, at grade level, for students who need additional support in learning grade level material.  Tier 2 instruction is intended to be timely and coordinated with Tier 1 instruction.  

Tier 3 instruction is intensive support provided to students who are struggling with significant learning gaps and need academic and/or behavioral support. Typically these students do not have the appropriate grade level skills yet to be successful in solely Tier 1 and Tier 2 instruction. Tier 3 provides yet an additional level of intervention to help students develop foundational skills.  Students receiving Tier 3 instruction also receive Tier 1 and 2 instruction.  Students are entered into the Tier 3 interventions based on a referral to the School Intervention Team (SIT).

At all three levels student progress is monitored regularly.  All students are assessed with benchmark assessments three times per year.  Students receiving Tier 2 and 3 instruction are progress monitored more frequently.

If you would like more information about MTSS, please feel free to contact your student’s teacher or the school principal.

Ryan Johnson
Principal, St. Francis Elementary School