Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework for enhancing the implementation of evidence-based practices to achieve important outcomes for every student. The MTSS framework builds on a public health approach that focuses on organizing the efforts of adults within systems to be more effective. MTSS helps to ensure students benefit from nurturing environments and equitable access to instruction and supports that are differentiated to meet their unique needs.


MTSS Values

To ensure every student has equitable access to the instruction and supports they need to thrive, district and school teams:

  1. Identify and address biases and systemic barriers that drive inequitable access and disparate outcomes for Black, Indigenous, and students of color, students experiencing poverty, students receiving special education or English learner services, students who identify as LGBTQ+, and highly mobile student populations.
  2. Collaborate with students, families, and community partners to leverage the unique cultural and linguistic assets of their communities in order to provide every student an inclusive and responsive learning environment.
  3. Deliver comprehensive supports that consistently meet every student’s needs and accelerate student academic, social, emotional, and behavioral learning.

MTSS Events

MTSS Events include conferences and opportunities for individuals to learn and grow. Check for upcoming and previous conference materials.

Washington Integrated Student Supports (ISS) Protocol

MTSS and the WA ISS Protocol work together to support the needs and inform the services for each and every student. MTSS is a framework that guides effective educational decision-making, and the ISS Protocol is a coordinated set of activities and practices within the MTSS framework.

MTSS Components & Resources

The essential components of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) are interrelated, and as the intensity of student need increases, each of the components also increases in intensity.