Multi-Tiered System of Supports

A multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) is a comprehensive, evidence-based, and systemic framework for teaching and learning that unifies general and special education in an intentional, ongoing collaboration.

  • MTSS is designed to meet students’ academic and non-academic needs.
  • MTSS provides students with differentiated and intensified assessment, instruction, and intervention.
  • MTSS relies on appropriately qualified professionals and their expertise to implement the framework. (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 Educational Equity Brief Series

Welcome to the Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Educational Equity Brief series. The initial brief, along with six additional briefs—one every other month makeup this series. Each brief will contain, resources, research, and practical suggestions intended to support the comprehensive and systemic work of leadership teams around educational equity within the MTSS framework. The information, strategies, and conversation starters can be especially beneficial in helping to close educational equity gaps for students.

Volume 1, Issue 1 (August 2018)

Volume 1, Issue 2 (November 2018)

Volume 1, Issue 3 (February 2019)

Focus of the Month

This five-part series, provides useful information for effectively implementing a multi-tiered system of supports in Vermont schools.  Each document in the series covers a component of the Vermont (MTSS-RtII) Field Guide (2014).

A Systemic and Comprehensive Approach

Effective Collaboration

High-quality Instruction and Intervention

Comprehensive and Balanced Assessment

Well-Designed Professional Learning/Expertise

MTSS Data Collection and Survey

The MTSS Survey annually provides the Agency of Education Secretary with the information to fulfill the data collection found on the MTSS Data Collection webpage.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Survey

The Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Survey becomes available in May each year, with a due date of June 1st or the next business day. 

While 16 V.S.A. §2904 is Vermont statute, collecting the MTSS Survey data is a positive step in ensuring principals reflect current implementation efforts in their schools as well as areas for improvement and growth. The data collected provides the VTmtss Team with information to inform technical assistance and professional learning opportunities for Vermont educators to implement and continuously improve their systems.

2018-2019 Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Survey

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Survey Summary

The Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Survey Summary provides an analysis and evaluation of the data reported. This summary reflects an analysis of statewide trends and informs the work of the Agency in supporting the implementation of MTSS in supervisory unions and their schools.

2017-2018 Multi-Tiered System of Supports Survey Summary

2016-2017 Multi-tiered System of Supports Survey Summary

Vermont Family Engagement Toolkit and Self-Assessment

The Vermont Family Engagement Toolkit and Self-Assessment is designed to be an easy-to-use, practical guide for educators seeking to develop and maintain growth of school, district, or Supervisory Union (SU) family engagement work, including for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The Toolkit provides researched-based information, proven strategies, a Self-Assessment to reflect on your own practice, and links to additional tools that can be customized to SU, district and school needs. This Toolkit is only one of many resources available to teachers, administrators, families, and communities to continue to support the academic achievement and success of all children and families they serve.

Vermont Family Engagement Toolkit and Self-Assessment Guide

Vermont Family Engagement Toolkit Introduction (Video)


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