What is MTSS?

What does MTSS stand for?   Multi-Tier System of Supports

What does that mean?  A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a term used in Kansas to describe how schools go about providing supports for each child in their building to be successful and the processes and tools teachers use to make decisions. The main goal of MTSS is for schools to use their resources in ways that enables every child to be successful.

There are two federal laws that have made a difference in how schools deliver and coordinate services for children.  The first is the No Child Left Behind Act.  This Act set a standard for schools that by the year 2014 all students are to meet standards in the areas of reading and math and that schools would have a high graduation rate and low dropout rate.

The second law influencing districts and schools to adopt a MTSS is the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  IDEA is the federal law that defines and explains special education in this country. In this law, the term Response –to-Intervention (RtI) was introduced and will influence the way districts identify and serve students with exceptionalities.

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