High School MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) Plan Outline

What is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)?  

MTSS is a way to organize a school's resources in such a way as to efficiently and effectively provide every student with the supports they need to be successful academically and behaviorally.  

All students receive Tier 1 supports all the time.  Some students will also be provided Tier 2 supports, as they will need a little extra help.  For a small number of students, Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports aren't enough and they will require additional Tier 3 supports.

An analogy could be drawn to physical health.  

  • Tier 1 supports could be hand washing, healthy foods, and regular exercise.  
  • Tier 2 might be a visit to the doctor, or extra rest when someone is temporarily ill or injured.  
  • Tier 3 could represent an emergency room visit or a longer-term treatment for some illness.

Some students need more than Tier 1 supports long-term, some only need them for a short period of time.  Students in need of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports may, after a few weeks, no longer need Tier 2 supports and stop receiving them, or vice-versa.

You can learn more about MTSS in Michigan here.