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(Multi-Tiered System of Support)
What is MTSS?


USD 439 is in the process of developing a tiered system of support for all Sedgwick students.  Schools across Kansas are using a system to make sure students gain the academic, social-emotional and behavioral skills that lead students to successful, happy, safe lives, both now and wherever their future college and career plans lead them. This approach is called MTSS, which stands for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.

The first layer of instruction in academics, social-emotional skills and behavioral expectations is called "universal" because it is provided to all students. Whether reading, science, behavior, or 21st Century soft skills, these lessons are provided to all students and will meet the needs of most students, most of the time.


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For those students who need another layer of support — either extra practice or greater challenge — there are activities that provide the additional time when an educator can work with a small group of students who need similar support. A few students may need yet another layer of support — one-on-one time with an educator, for example — until more skills are learned.

Rather than wait for students to struggle or become bored, we are proactive in assessing how students are progressing in all three areas — academics, behavioral skills and social-emotional learning. Providing supports as early as possible helps make sure that students have the best chance for mastery and success!

USD 439 is in the developmental stages of MTSS.  Currently we are working on daily schedules, resources, and professional development.  There will be some modifications as we enter this program but the outcome will result in better educational opportunities for all of our students.


Key Principles of MTSS

  • Early intervention
  • Multi - tiered model of service delivery that provides a continuum of support
  • Instruction matched learners’ needs
  • Progress monitoring data collected regularly to ensure effectiveness of instruction
  • Research - based interventions and instruction
  • Interventions implemented consistently and correctly
  • Parent involvement is encouraged throughout the child’s educational journey