Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

MTSS - What Is It?

All parents and educators want to see their children succeed. It can be very frustrating when a child falls behind academically or in areas related to social, emotional, or behavioral functioning. Multi- tiered System of Supports (MTSS), allows for early intervention by providing academic and behavioral supports rather than waiting for a child to fail before offering help. 


MTSS is a systematic process that can be used to determine if and how students respond to specific changes in instruction. MTSS provides an improved framework for school teams in designing, implementing, and evaluating educational interventions.

The essential elements of an MTSS approach are:

  • providing scientific, evidence-based instruction and interventions in general education

  • monitoring and measuring student progress in response to the instruction and interventions

  • using these measures of student progress to guide instruction and make educational decisions

Richmond MTSS Tiers by Building

Child Study Team (CST)

A major part of the MTSS process is the Richmond Child Study Team (CST).  The CST is one of the pathways to increased interventions for students.