MTSS (Multi- Tier System of Supports)

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  • What is Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS)?

    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 support to students. MTSS focuses on the early intervention of academic difficulty, particularly in the areas of reading and math.

    All kindergarten-3rd grade students are screened three times a year, to identify those who are considered at-risk of not learning the necessary skills for students’ grade levels. Families 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. 

    Families of students receiving MTSS support services will be provided with progress reports that describe the student’s MTSS intervention, goal, and MTSS services. Progress is also shared by teachers and interventionists at parent-teacher conferences and throughout the year.

    Literacy Interventionists: Karissa Conefry, Nicole Kratka, Danielle Ricciardi

    District Reading Specialist: Megan Praino

    K-5 Instructional Literacy Coach: Nancy Deakin

     Reading teachers

    Math Interventionists: Krista Shortino, Georgia Tasigiannis


    K-5 Instructional Math and Science Coach: Molly Stern


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


    At Dows Lane, we screen all students (kindergarten-3rd grade) 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 (level) to be successful. Teachers, MTSS providers, Related Service Providers, and Administrators meet weekly to discuss students and their academic and social emotional needs. Teachers communicate with families about plans to best meet their child's learning and behavior needs.


    Tier 1

    All students are taught using instructional methods that research has shown to be effective. Instruction is differentiated by 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, Related Service Provider, 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 outside of the classroom by someone other than the classroom teacher.


    Progress Monitoring

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