What is MTSS- Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
The administrators, faculty, and staff of VCMS are committed to the important and rewarding task of educating our community’s children. One way is through MTSS:
MTSS stands for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. [It] is an instructional framework that includes universal screening of all students, multiple tiers of instruction and support services, and an integrated data collection and assessment system to inform decisions at each tier of instruction. The framework can be used for literacy, math, or positive behavior supports. Source: Keys to Literacy
It is important to note that MTSS is not part of Special Education. It is a process by which students’ needs are identified and addressed in the general education setting.
Tier 1 interventions start with the classroom teacher who delivers research-based lessons to his/her students. The classroom teacher will then modify instruction to benefit those who may struggle with identified skills and/or concepts. Often this type of intervention sufficiently addresses observable weaknesses and/or gaps for 80 - 90% of students.
Tier 2 is suggested when a student needs additional support beyond the core subject, scheduled at a time so that he/she will not miss class time. Academic Intervention Services (AIS) are available in the foundational areas of reading and math. A combined analysis of a student’s average and standardized test scores, in conjunction with a teacher’s recommendation, will determine whether a student is placed or not. Tier 2 students (5 - 15% of the population) work with a specialized teacher in small groups on an every other day basis.
Tier 3 is the most intensive intervention available outside of Special Education. It services between the 1 - 5% of students who are in need of support beyond Tier 2. Class sizes are extremely small, typically only 1 or 2 students. The frequency of an intervention at this level is key, which is why this class meets every day.
Parents are also a Level of Support
Have you heard of the saying, “You are your child’s first teacher”? Before your child even started school, you taught him his first words and first steps. You invited her to make sense of her world, answering endless questions brought about by exploration and discovery. You set the foundation for a future of learning.
Even though years have passed since your child’s first day of kindergarten, do not underestimate the influence you still have on his/her education - at this very moment. Therefore . . .
- reach out to your child’s teachers. Say hello, ask how your child is progressing, and express any concerns you may have.
- check School Tool regularly to keep track of grades and assignments.
- reinforce the importance of completing homework and studying for assessments.
- find opportunities to read together as often as possible.
- encourage your child’s involvement in sports and after-school clubs and activities.
- take a few minutes each day to strike up a conversation with your son/daughter about school.
- frequently express that a good education is the key to a promising future.