Multi-Tiered System of Support

Unique Students Require Unique Strategies for Success

We know our students each have a unique set of needs, and the teaching and learning in our classrooms must reflect that. Through our Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework, educators and administrators have proven tools at their disposal to support a timely and effective response to academic and behavioral needs for each student.

How MTSS Works

First and foremost, MNPS leverages the talent within each school. All schools have dedicated MTSS teams, representative of teachers and leaders throughout the building. These teams meet and discuss


students who may need additional supports and review each student's supporting data.

Data-based Decision Making

  • Teams of educators work together to make data-based decisions for the school and for each individual student.

  • MTSS data teams meet every five weeks, in each school, to identify students who may need additional supports and interventions. These teams monitor students' progress and adjust plans as needed.

MTSS Screening Process

  • The MTSS Universal Screening Process provides a starting point for identification of students who may need additional support through the use of nationally normed assessments.

  •  MNPS uses multiple sources of data in the screening process:

             - Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) - curriculum-based measures used for skills-based screening and monitoring progress
Diagnostic assessments - various assessments used as needed to guide instruction to meet student needs

Personalized Learning Time

Every day in every school, our schools honor Personalized Learning Time (PLT), during which students can receive extra supports based on their individual needs, including Tier II or Tier III services, Special Education interventions or general supports with instruction, English Language and enrichment.

This time gives our teachers and school leaders the space they need to support our students with their most important job: Learning.