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Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

MTSS is a framework that matches instruction and intervention to students’ academic and behavioral needs. District 89 uses MTSS to improve outcomes for all students, including general education, special education, and accelerated students.
Universal screening and benchmarking are key components of MTSS, and in District 89, all K-8 students take the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment three times a year to identify student need and monitor growth. Based on MAP results and classroom performance, student instruction is provided based on a 3-tiered model.

3-Tiered Continuum of Supports

  • Tier 1 includes high quality, research-based instruction within the core curriculum for all students, which includes differentiation and a variety of instructional methods within the regular classroom.
  • Tier 2 involves targeted practice and skill building in additional to core instruction. Tier 2 is designed to help students meet grade-level standards and interventions are adjusted or intensified depending on student progress.
  • Tier 3 is the most intensive level of instruction for small group of students who have the highest level of need. Students in Tier 3 continue to participate in core instruction, receive Tier 2 intervention within the classroom, and receive additional supplemental instruction from a school specialist. A student who struggles to make progress with Tier 3 interventions is referred to a school Problem-Solving Team that includes the principal, educators, and specialists. This team involves parents/guardians to develop an individualized plan to meet the needs of the student.