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

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.


MTSS and Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP) (February 2020)

Early Childhood MTSS Webinar (June 2020)

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