Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a comprehensive framework comprised of a collection of research-based strategies designed to meet the individual needs and assets of the whole child. MTSS intentionally interconnects the education, health, and human service systems in support of successful learners, schools, centers, and community outcomes. The five essential components of MTSS are inter-related and complementary. The MTSS framework provides schools and districts with an efficient way to organize resources to support educators in the implementation of effective practices with fidelity so that all learners succeed.

The MDE Essential Components of MTSS

  • Team-Based Leadership
  • Tiered Delivery System
  • Selection and Implementation of Instruction, Interventions and Supports
  • Comprehensive Screening & Assessment System
  • Continuous Data-Based Decision Making

The Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is an integral part of Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 strategic plan, specifically:

  • Goal 2: Implement, with strong district and building leadership, high-quality instruction in every classroom through a highly coherent, child-centered instructional model where students meet their self-determined academic and personal goals to their highest potential.

  • Strategy 2.2: Establish and implement with fidelity a high-quality Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).

Please Note:

The MDE MTSS Practice Profile posted here is in DRAFT as it will be reviewed regularly for effectiveness and improved over time through usability testing in the Transformation Zone.

The MDE is currently in the process of redesigning the MDE graphic for MTSS. The release of the new graphic is slated for the Fall of 2018.

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