What is NC MTSS?
Family engagement within an MTSS is defined as the active and meaningful partnerships that educators build and maintain with students’ families for the purpose of supporting student learning. It embodies the idea that all parties are equally invested in the student’s educational experience and all parties bring knowledge and skills of equal value to the table to work together.
This linked infographic is intended to support NC families in understanding what NC educators are referring to when they are talking about an MTSS.
What is "support"?
NC schools that are implementing an MTSS may talk about support for students. To further define that support, NC organizes these supports around the instruction, the curriculum, and the environment.
A multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) is a phrase you may hear about at school or from other parents. You may hear it called the MTSS framework, the MTSS process or the MTSS model.
No matter what it’s called, MTSS has a very important goal. It’s designed to help schools identify the needs of all students early and to provide targeted instruction.
MTSS is a framework Guilford County is implementing to provide targeted support for all students. It focuses on the “whole child.” MTSS supports academic growth and achievement, as well as behavior, social and emotional needs, and attendance.
MTSS provides a framework for students to receive multiple levels/tiers of support. These tiers of support increase in intensity from one level to the next. For example, some kids receiving small-group interventions might also receive one-on-one instruction. The MTSS model can help students receive targeted instruction sooner.
MTSS isn’t a “curriculum.” It’s a proactive approach that has several foundations:
- Universal screening for all students
- Increasing levels of targeted support
- Integrated plans that address students’ academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs
- The use of evidence-based strategies
- A school-wide approach to student support. Teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists and others use a team approach when they assess students and plan interventions.
- Family engagement so parents can understand the tiers of support and provide support at home
- Frequent monitoring of students’ progress so educators can use this to make data based decisions