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KCSD MTSS - Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports

What is MTSS?

Multi-tiered Systems of Support are a framework that many schools use to provide targeted support to struggling students, as well as students working above grade level. It focuses on the “whole child". MTSS supports academic growth and achievement but also recognizes the behavior, social, and emotional needs of learners.

What is RtI?

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a multi-tiered approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RtI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general K-3 education classroom. Implementation is supported by progress monitoring to ensure data-based decisions in instruction and intervention. A similar process is followed for upper-grade levels.

How do we identify and support students in MTSS?

Universal screeners and other forms of testing are critical to informing decisions regarding support and enrichment learning needs for students. All students are expected to receive highly effective Tier 1 instruction through grade-level core plans. Students that are served in Tier 2 are provided additional targeted small group interventions, in addition to ongoing Tier 1 instruction. In Tier 3, students receive more individualized and intensive support, which is determined by a school-based team and aligned with Tier 1 instruction and 2 intervention. Additionally, above-grade-level learners are served through Tier 1 intervention and the KCSD Gifted and Talented program.

 MTSS Diamond

Who do I contact if my child is struggling?

Contact your child’s teacher, principal, or guidance counselor with concerns.

Where can I find more information on MTSS?

RTI and Reading: Response to Intervention in a Nutshell

Parent Frequently Asked Questions about RtI - National Center on Response to Intervention

Family Guide to Response to Intervention

RTI Action Network – Resources for Parents and Families