Tiers & MTSS Description

Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), formerly Response to Intervention (RtI), is a framework of instruction that provides support to ALL students to ensure mastery of grade-level content standards. The tiers of MTSS provide varying levels of support for students who are struggling to reach mastery as well as those to exceed grade-level.

MTSS provides a framework that incorporates high-quality core instruction, screening, progress monitoring and data-based decision making to provide effective instruction.

MTSS centers on three tiers of instruction:

Tier 1 instruction, also known as core instruction, is at grade level instruction aligned to MN State Academic Standards that all students receive on a daily basis. For the majority of students, Tier 1 instruction will meet their academic needs.

Tier 2 instruction is supplemental instruction, at grade level, for students who need additional support in learning grade level material. Tier 2 instruction is intended to be timely and coordinated with Tier 1 instruction.

Tier 3 instruction is intensive support provided to students who are not meeting grade level expectations and require intensive academic and/or behavioral supports. Typically, these students have not yet met appropriate grade level skills necessary to be successful in Tier 1 and Tier 2 instruction. Tier 3 provides yet an additional level of intervention to help students develop foundational skills. Students receiving Tier 3 instruction also receive Tier 1 and 2 instruction. Students are entered into the Tier 3 interventions based on a referral to the School Intervention Team (SIT).

Student progress is monitored regularly in all three Tiers. All students are assessed with benchmark assessments three times per year using Fastbridge reading and math assessments. Students receiving Tier 2 and 3 instruction are progress monitored more frequently.

If you would like more information about MTSS, please feel free to contact your student’s teacher or the school principal.


Melissa Kivi 
Principal, East Bethel Elementary School