Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Recently, the Response to Intervention and Instruction (RTII) name has been replaced by the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in Pennsylvania public schools. This happened for several reasons, one of which is that simply put – change happens as we move forward in education. This new acronym demonstrates more fully how schools are helping students. The RTII framework focused on how school districts would intervene and help students, particularly through instruction. The new MTSS name change indicates this new framework offers multiple tiered systems of support for students. This includes academic and behavioral supports to meet all the needs of our learners.

The Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (formerly RTII) allows teachers and other professional staff including reading specialists and instructional specialists to support students in academic areas of reading. This tiered model benefits struggling, on-level, and advanced learners to reach their highest potential.

Supporting our students hasn’t changed, but the way in which we can identify, instruct, monitor, and assess learning has improved. MTSS (formerly RTII) enables our dedicated teaching staff to do their best for students every day!

For parents and caretakers, more information about MTSS (formerly RTII):

Pattan – MTSS Overview

Understood.Org – A website for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

RTI Network – Parents and Families

Pattan- Parent Tool Kit

Resources for English Language Learners

**The Child Study Team and Special Education process can occur throughout any of the tiers.

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