MTSS is a framework that uses data to drive intervention and decision making. This framework helps schools and districts build their capacity to implement or to advance their practices in establishing an equity-based, multi-tiered system of supports for inclusive instruction and improved academics, behavior, and mental health for all students.
A successful RtI system contains the following components –
High-Quality Instruction: This applies to all three tiers and should be based upon valid research to prove it is successful when implemented with fidelity.
District/Campus RtI Team: This team is composed of an administrator, interventionist/coaches, classroom teacher, counselor, parent, and diagnostician, LSSP, or SPED teacher, when needed. This team meets frequently (at least once per grading period) to analyze data and make decisions for each individual student based on that data.
Universal Screener: A quick norm-referenced test that identifies those students who may be at risk in both academic and behavioral categories.
Progress Monitoring: A way to assess a student’s performance over time and to quantify a student’s rate of improvement. Progress monitoring must represent the student’s academic development and guide instructional planning.