• Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) 

  • Helping Your Child Grow, Learn and Succeed

    It is the job of Kansas educators to help every child in our state - your child - meet high standards for success. MTSS, the Multi-Tiered System of Supports, is a framework to help schools and teachers give every Kansas child the right type of support to learn, grow and succeed.
    The MTSS framework helps schools create ways to:
    • Identify each child's needs and provide support as early as possible.
    • Use strategies proven to work with all students.
    • Fit support to meet each student's needs.
    • Regularly check student's progress to know what works for him/her.
    • Change instruction as needed to match each child's learning.
  • MTSS has three tiers of instruction and support as described below. Click on the file below to download a brochure from the Kansas State Department of Education. It gives an overview of MTSS and strategies for parents to help your child learn to read.

    Tier 1
    Instruction and support provided to all children
    Tier 1 includes the high quality curriculum and instruction that all students receive. Progress is checked regularly to make sure students have the skills needed to succeed at their current grade and level. Students scoring below that level move to Tier 2 and given extra help.
    Tier 2
    Small groups of children in need of extra help
    Each child learns differently and at different rates. Some children are identified as needing extra help so they receive Tier 2 instruction. They receive additional help, usually in small groups that focus on specific areas of the curriculum. Progress is typically monitored every other week.
    Tier 3
    Children needing intense help

    Some students need more time, support and smaller groups than Tier 2. These students receive Tier 3 support where instruction is very individualized and skill focused. Progress is typically monitored weekly.

    Secondary Schools
    Individualized instructional support continues at both the middle and high school levels.  General education intervention teams at each building lead this process. 

    Each school in USD 266 maintains a General Education Intervention (GEI) Team that meets regularly through the school year.  This group may include administration, school counselors, regular and special education teachers, school nurses and other contributors.

    Intervention Process:
    Purpose of the General Education Intervention (GEI) Team

    Responds to students with identified needs as a result of referral or assessment performance by:

    • Providing initial and ongoing evaluation of students to determine individual student needs,
    • Providing opportunities, strategies, and services to address individual student needs.
    • Monitoring the progress of individual student needs and provide students with the tools to be successful.


    • Referral from:  self, parent/guardian, teacher, staff, assessment results.
    • GEI team researches, collects and analyzes data.
    • GEI team recommends interventions and/or additional evaluation and notifies teachers, student and parents
    • GEI team sets timeline for review of intervention plan and revises as needed.




  • How Parents Can Help

    MTSS is a strong system of support to make sure that every child receives the help needed to be a successful learner. There are many things that you can do to help your child succeed.

    • Set the climate for learning at home. Provide a regular time and place for your child to read and complete school work.
    • Talk with your child and engage your child in conversations. These are wonderful opportunities for your child to hear new words and express ideas.
    • Provide experiences where your child can see and learn new things.
    • Stay informed. Learn what your child should be doing to be successful. Work with the school and communicate regularly with your child's teachers.
    • Support your child at home using similar strategies as what is being provided at school.