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Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in Iowa is an every-education decision-making framework of evidence-based practices in instruction and assessment that addresses the needs of all students in general education. The key components of an MTSS framework are: 

  • Evidence-based curriculum and instruction shall be provided at the Universal level
  • Universal screening shall be used three times per year
  • Evidence-based instructional interventions at the Targeted and Intensive levels shall be provided to each student who needs them 
  • Progress monitoring data shall be collected and used to guide instruction
  • Data-based decision making

Heartland AEA supports schools in the implementation of an MTSS framework across content areas through a variety of services, including:

  • Providing and/or supporting district personnel to design, deliver and evaluate professional learning opportunities
  • Consulting with PLCs and teachers in data reviews
  • Supporting the review of universal and targeted/intensive instructional practices
  • Accessing a variety of curricular and professional learning materials available through the Heartland AEA library

In addition to the school- and district-based supports for implementation, literacy specific supports are available in each region. For more information regarding MTSS Early Literacy Leads, contact the regional director serving your district.

For more information about Heartland AEA's involvement and support of MTSS frameworks, contact:

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Wendy Robinson
Director of Instructional Services
(800) 255-0405 ext. 12307

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Amy Wichman
Regional Director
(800) 255-0405 ext. 18143

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