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, math and behavior specific supports are available in each region. For more information regarding these supports, contact the regional director serving your district.

Important Contacts

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Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson

  • Director of Instructional Services

Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS)