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MTSS Components

Core Components of California's Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).

In California, MTSS core components work together to create an integrated, comprehensive framework that focus on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), core instruction, differentiated learning, student-centered learning, individualized student needs, and the alignment of systems necessary for academic, behavior, and social success. MTSS offers the potential to create needed systematic change through intentional design and redesign of services and supports that quickly identify and match the needs of all students in general education contexts.

The following core components are key aspects of MTSS frameworks:

  1. High-quality, differentiated classroom instruction. All students receive high-quality, standards- based (with a focus on CCSS), culturally-and linguistically-relevant instruction in their general education classroom settings by highly qualified teachers, who have high academic and  behavioral expectations, attained through differentiated learning instructional strategies in, such as Universal Design for Learning.

  2. Systemic and sustainable change. MTSS principles promote continuous improvement processes at all levels of the system (district, school site, and grade/course levels). Collaborative restructuring efforts made to align RtI2, CCSS, identify key initiatives, collect, analyze, review data, implement supports and strategies based on data are then refined as necessary to sustain effective processes.

  3. Integrated data system. District and site staff collaborate to create an Integrated data collection system that includes assessments such as state tests, universal screening, diagnostics, progress monitoring, and teacher observations at the site to inform decisions about tiered support placement, as well as data collection methods such as parent surveys for continuous systemic improvement.

  4. Positive behavioral support. District and school staff collaboratively select and implement schoolwide, classroom, and research-based positive behavioral supports for achieving important social and learning outcomes. A strong focus on integrating instructional and intervention strategies supports systemic changes based on strong, predictable, and consistent classroom management structures across the entire system.

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