Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
Parents are essential in helping students develop into successful learners. It is the District’s responsibility to provide detailed explanations with appropriate documentation so parents are well aware of the progress of their children. Involving parents in the MTSS process will maximize educational outcomes for their children.
As with all aspects of education, parents play a critical role in the MTSS process. Strong parent communication procedures in all areas of the school will support open lines of information regarding all teaching and learning initiative.
What are the essential components of the MTSS Process?
MTSS is a multi-step approach to providing services and interventions to struggling learners at increasing levels of intensity. MTSS allows for early intervention by providing academic and behavioral support rather than waiting for a child to fail before offering help.
The elements of an MTSS approach are: providing scientific, research-based instruction and interventions in general education; monitoring and measuring student progress in response to the instruction and interventions; and using these measures of student progress in response to the instruction and interventions; and using these measures of student progress to shape instruction and make educational decisions.
How can parents be involved in the MTSS process?
The hallmarks of effective home-school collaboration include open communication and involvement of parents in all stages of the learning process. Being informed about your school’s MTSS process is the first step to becoming an active partner. The district invites parents to take part in the district MTSS Committee as well as school curriculum nights and open houses where specific information regarding grade level/building approaches to supporting students can be found. If your child is receiving any type of support, you will be informed and invited to any pertinent meetings including Individual Problem Solving Meetings (IPS).
What are the potential benefits of MTSS?
The most common benefit of an MTSS approach is that it eliminates a “wait to fail” situation because students get help promptly within the general education setting. Secondly, an MTSS approach has the potential to reduce the number of students referred for special education services while increasing the number of students who are successful in regular education.
Explanation of Tiered Interventions
Once a child is placed into an intervention, parents will be informed and as the child progresses through an intervention, updates will occur. If an Individual Problem Solving meeting needs to occur, the parent will be notified and invited to participate.