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The Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

The vision of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is every student graduates ready for career, college and life. The Washington State Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is an action framework that structures service delivery to assist staff and students to create a culture for learning. The key components of the Washington MTSS framework includes:

  • Transformational leadership – creating purpose and relational trust that engage staff and students
  • Collaborative inquiry – practices that involve staff in action research to improve teaching and learning
  • Tiered support system – integrated supports for behavior, achievement, and social emotional needs
  • Data – evidence-based processes that monitor and connect staff and students to a system of supports

MTSS is a framework to help students graduate from high school ready for career, college, and life. It offers different levels of academic and nonacademic services and supports based on individual student needs.

The success of MTSS is assessed by continuous monitoring of OSPI’s research-based dropout prevention and graduation performance indicators using the OSPI Data Gateway:

How is your daily work reflected in MTSS? What can you do to be more proactive to prevent problems from happening in the first place? Download the MTSS diagram (PDF)

Multi-Tiered System of Support graph

Join the Conversation!

Growing and Sustaining a Multi-tiered System of Supports: A PLC for District MTSS Leaders

June 21, 2017, 11:00 a.m. - noon

OSPI will be hosting monthly one-hour webinars for district MTSS leaders to share best practices, state and national updates, and other resources to support implementation of MTSS. This will also be an opportunity to connect and collaborate with other district MTSS leaders across the state.

The first webinar will focus on:

  • information to support your 2017-18 planning efforts
  • discussing potential topics for future webinars and other ways to stay connected to one another
  • seeking your input on proposed WA MTSS definition and essential components
  • new resources, tools and training opportunities

All implementation stages are welcome!
If you are unable to join the webinar but are interested in being added to the MTSS District Leader PLC distribution list please email Amber Palmer,

   Updated 5/10/2017

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