Overview of MTSS

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a systemic, continuous improvement framework in which data-based problem solving and decision-making is practiced across all levels of the educational system to support all students (including students receiving special education services).


MTSS is a foundational paradigm, meaning that every practice, procedure, and policy in a school can be viewed meaningfully through the lens of MTSS. MTSS is at the core of SCRED's mission because when schools organize their supports within this framework, effectiveness increases and everyone benefits.

We encourage you to check out our 🎥 MTSS YouTube playlist or these MTSS 101 slides that can be presented to staff.


Minnesota's MnMTSS framework (Est. 2021) includes five components: 

---- Infrastructure for Continuous ImprovementVarious teams functioning together like clockwork. Necessary resources available (e.g., schedules, curriculum, training, coaching). Implementation plans with shared accountability. Learn more.

---- Family and Community Engagement: Building relational trust and equitable partnerships with families and school and district staff to create shared responsibility between all stakeholders. Learn more.

---- Multi-Layered Practices and Support: A strong Tier 1 (core) — upon which we can layer Tier 2 (supplemental), Tier 3 (intensive), or special education (“Tier 3 on steroids”) supports. Learn more.

---- Assessment: Collecting universal screening data, progress monitoring data, and more. Learn more.

---- Data-Based Decision Making: Defining who, what, when, and how we look at data to guide decisions at the district-, school-, grade-, classroom-, and student level. Learn more.

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