MTSS (Multi- Tier System of Supports)

triangle of RTI model
  • What is Multi-Tier System of Supports?

    Dows Lane Elementary School

    MTSS is our system to offer every student what they need. We monitor all students’ progress and provide additional instructional and social emotional supports to students. MTSS focuses on the early intervention of academic difficulty, particularly in the areas of reading and math.

    All students are screened to identify those who are considered at-risk of not learning the necessary skills for students’ grade levels. Parents of students who are identified as being at-risk will be notified before the student receives additional support. Identified students will receive support based on their level of need. Students who receive MTSS services will be monitored to determine whether the specific support is working and to provide information to the student’s teachers on how to adjust instruction to meet the student’s needs. 

    Parents of students receiving MTSS support services will be provided with information describing the student’s performance data that will be collected and the instructional support that will be provided. Progress reports will also be shared with parents throughout the year.

    Literacy Interventionists

     Reading teachers and coach

    Reading Specialists: Karissa Conefry, Nicole Kratka, Peggy Barrett, and K-5 Literacy Coach Nancy Deakin 


    Math Interventionists


    Math Interventionists, Krista Shortino and Georgia Tasigiannis


    MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports):  A Quick Reference Guide 


    At Dows Lane, we screen all students three times each year to determine who will receive MTSS services.


    Data-Based Decision Making

    Teachers use the information from the screening and progress monitoring assessments to make decisions about instruction. We want to make sure each student is getting the right instruction at the right tier to be successful. Teachers, MTSS providers, Related Service Providers, and Administrators meet throughout the year to discuss students and their academic and social emotional needs.


    Tier 1

    All students are taught using instructional methods that research has shown to be effective.  Instruction is differentiated for skill levels and learning styles. Tier 1 interventions generally take place in the classroom and are carried out by the classroom teacher.

    Tier 2

    Students who are identified for being at-risk receive additional targeted instruction in small groups. Tier 2 support is generally provided by an interventionist or a special education teacher in a pull-out location.

    Tier 3

    Students in this tier receive more frequent and/or more intensive additional instruction in a small group or 1:1. Tier 3 support is generally provided out of the classroom by someone other than the classroom teacher.


    Progress Monitoring

    Classroom teachers and MTSS Related Service Providers monitor the progress of each student to see what changes, if any, need to be made to the MTSS services that the student receives.