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Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

A Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is a framework for how school districts can build the necessary systems to ensure that each and every student receives a high quality educational experience. It is designed to support schools with proactively identifying and addressing the strengths and needs of all students by optimizing data-driven decision-making, progress monitoring, and the use of evidence-based supports and strategies with increasing intensity to sustain student growth. In 2018, Massachusetts updated its MTSS Blueprint to reflect the most current research and enhance the user experience. For example, the current blueprint more explicitly focuses on equitable access and universal design for learning (UDL) and fully integrates social emotional, behavioral, and academic learning.

  • MTSS Blueprint: Describes the current MTSS Blueprint model, philosophy, and components.

  • MTSS Mobilization Guide: Provides guidance for how a school district might think about engaging in this work and where to start.

  • MTSS Self-Assessment: Allows a school district to gauge where its current strengths and gaps are relative to the MTSS model.

  • MTSS Resources: Links to a clearinghouse of tools and resources to support MTSS implementation.

Last Updated: April 2, 2020

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