Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in Denver Public Schools is a prevention-based, tiered framework of supports built to improve the outcomes of all students through a Whole Child lens -- using a data driven approach to assess, monitor, and support school communities in the areas of:

    • Academics
    • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
    • Community Engagement & Resources
    • TSEAL & Mental Health 
    • Attendance
    • Family, Cultural and Linguistic backgrounds
    • Teacher training 
    • School-Wide Culture

    Guidance for MTSS in DPS is supported by the Colorado Department of Education’s Colorado Multi-Tiered System of Supports (COMTSS) framework. MTSS starts with a foundationally strong Tier 1, universal system of support where most students receive educational benefits. As a reminder, these tiers build on each other! Students at the Tier 2 level also receive Tier 1 interventions, and those at the Tier 3 level also receive Tiers 1 and 2 interventions. 

    MTSS is driven by a multidisciplinary team at the school level using guidance from the district to have a shared language and understanding.

MTSS is...

  • A layered triangle is shown, representing the levels of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.

    “...a framework for using student performance data to allocate instructional resources to improve learning for the greatest numbers of students and for students who are particularly vulnerable to failure, and to do these things in the most efficient way.”

    VanDerHeyden, A. M., & Tilly, W. D. (2016). Keeping Rti on track: How to identify, repair and prevent mistakes that derail implementation. LRP Publications.