Multi-Tiered System of Supports

A multi-tiered system of supports is a comprehensive, evidence-based and systemic approach to teaching and learning that unifies general and special education in an intentional, ongoing collaboration designed to meet academic and non-academic needs and improve learning for all students through increasingly differentiated and intensified assessment, instruction and intervention provided by qualified professionals with appropriate expertise. (Adapted from the VT MTSS Field Guide)

In 2015 Vermont‘s Title 16 (16 V.S.A. § 2902) replaced the term Education Support System with Tiered System of Support. The term also appears in the Vermont State Board of Education Rules Series 2000 – Education Quality Standards under 2121.5.  More than just a name change, a Multi-tiered System of Support provides a framework that “at a minimum, include an educational support team, instructional and behavioral interventions, and accommodations that are available as needed for any student who requires support beyond what can be provided in the general education classroom, and may include intensive, individualized interventions for any student requiring a higher level of support.”

MTSS Field Guide

Focus of the Month

The five-part series, starting in January 2017, provides useful information for effectively implementing a multi-tiered system of supports in Vermont schools.  Each part will cover another section of the  Vermont (MTSS-RtII) Field Guide


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