Seminole County Public Schools uses the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed in school. This page provides an overview of the MTSS framework.
The Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework that uses a multidisciplinary team (teacher, counselor, academic coach and/or an administrator) to identify, intervene on behalf of, and monitor the progress of students identified as being at risk.
Students are identified as being at risk based on their academic and/or behavior data. Once identified, the team monitors the student to make informed decisions concerning appropriate progress monitoring and the adjustment of supports based on the student's response to research-based interventions (RtI). Parents are not required to attend problem-solving meetings, but must be given opportunities to participate in the problem-solving process.
Response to Intervention (RtI)
The RtI aspect of MTSS uses student data to determine how the students respond to research-based interventions (RtI). Levels of tiered support are adjusted (increased, decreased or discontinued) depending on the student’s response.
What are Tiered Supports?
Students are assessed to determine which students need additional support to meet grade level standards. MTSS organizes interventions into tiers, or levels of support.
Tier 1 – All students receive high-quality differentiated instruction.
Tier 2 – In addition to Tier 1, students needing more support receive small-group interventions. The difference includes increased time, smaller groups and a narrowed focus of instruction.
Tier 3 – Students who do not respond adequately to Tier 2 interventions receive support in the form of Tier 3 interventions which are more individualized and intensive than the Tier 2 supports.
Below are some resources available to parents who would like additional information explaining the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). If you have a specific concern regarding your student, please contact your school administrator, school counselor and/or classroom teacher.