Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in Iowa, also known as Response to Intervention or RtI, is an every-education decision-making framework of evidence-based practices in instruction and assessment that addresses the needs of all students. As an every-education process, MTSS allows educators to judge the overall health of their educational system by examining data on the educational system as well as identifying students who need additional supports. Those supports are provided in both small group and individual settings, and are monitored to ensure they support all learners demonstrate proficiency in the Iowa Core standards and leave school ready for life.
The Iowa MTSS framework is made up of five components.
- Evidence-based curriculum and instruction provided at the universal level.
- Universal screening of all students.
- Evidence-based, instructional interventions at the targeted and intensive levels shall be provided to each student who needs them.
- Progress monitoring for learners below expectations.
- Data-based decision making throughout the system.
District staff are responsible for providing quality instruction for all students, identifying those students who need additional supports, and implementing interventions based upon student need. If you feel that your child needs additional supports to attain the district standards and benchmarks, please contact your child's teacher, guidance counselor, and/or principal. Together we will work with you to ensure that your child is successful.
For more information, please refer the the MTSS Handbooks available on the district website here.