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Systems of Support

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is an instructional framework and educational process that includes universal screening of all students, multiple tiers of instruction and support services and an integrated data collection and assessment system to inform decisions at each tier of instruction. This framework is used to enhance all MISD student’s academic, social and behavioral needs.

MTSS diagram

MTSS Tier 1

Tier 1 represents a universal approach approach to ensure all students experience a safe, supportive environment and receive high-quality core academic instruction and prevention-focused systems that promote positive behavior. This universal intervention is preventative and proactive and is for all students, 80-90%.

MTSS Tier 2

Tier 2 provides targeted, evidence based academic and behavioral supports to students for whom Tier 1 supports are insufficient. This secondary intervention is a high efficiency rapid response that includes classroom-based interventions or small-group interventions facilitated by a qualified professional. This tier is for some students, 5-10%.

MTSS Tier 3

Tier 3 provides a highly intensive and individualized academic and behavioral supports to students for whom Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports are insufficient. This tertiary intervention uses evidence-based supports layered on and aligned with the two previous tiers. This high intensity, assessment-based tier is for individual students, 1-5%.

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
Core Practices

  • School-wide expectations and procedures
  • Acknowledgment system for students and faculty
  • Comprehensive and consistent discipline plan
  • Comprehensive district Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)