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Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Vision for the Kansas MTSS Framework in KCKPS

In order for KCKPS to reach their vision of being one to the Top 10 school districts in the nation and goal of each student exiting high school prepared for college and careers in a global society, and at every level, performance is on track and on time, KCKPS must implement the Kansas MTSS Framework which will…

  • Provide a clear, coherent, and consistent student focus that ensures alignment across the district.

  • Support the system with focusing on a limited number of priorities and set up evaluation measures to help eliminate initiatives and programs that are not positively impacting student achievement. 

  • Increase our students’ reading and math achievement at ALL levels. 

  • Establish consistent behavioral and social-emotional supports that assist the whole child.

What is the Kansas MTSS Integrated Framework?

A Multi-Tier System of Supports and Alignment (MTSS) is a term used in Kansas to describe how districts and schools create a system to provide supports for each child to be successful and the processes and tools used to make decisions.

The Kansas MTSS Integrated Framework is a set of evidence-based practices implemented to meet the needs of ALL learners. MTSS builds a system of prevention, early intervention, and supports to ensure that all students are learning from the instruction. MTSS establishes a system that intentionally focuses on leadership, professional development, and an empowering culture and content areas of reading, mathematics, behavior, and social-emotional learning.

MTSS triangle graphic

Components of the Kansas MTSS Framework

  • All (Core) forms the base of the triangle and represents what is often referred to as the core, or Tier 1. This is the foundation for the educational experience for all students and includes curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

  • Some (Strategic) is the center portion of the triangle, representing the strategic level of support provided to some students. This is often referred to as Tier 2. The use of a process to make data-based decisions regarding grouping and instruction of students is essential at this level. 

  • Few (Intensive) is the level at the top of the triangle and represents the most intensive and customized intervention available within a school. This is often referred to as Tier 3. A strong core and effective strategic support help ensure that the number of students served at this level remains small enough to provide intensive support.

Curriculum, instruction, and assessment must be designed, utilized, and implemented within the context of multiple tiers for instruction to be effective. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment influence the system’s ability to meet each student’s needs.

  • Curriculum: The curricular materials used at all the levels are research and/or evidence-based and align with Kansas State Standards. 

  • Instruction: Schools will plan explicit, systematic, scaffolded instruction in a purposeful manner. These practices are evidence-based, reflected in all teaching, and implemented with confidence and fidelity to positively impact student learning. 

  • Assessments in a multi-tier system of supports are used for a variety of purposes. Therefore, it is essential that a comprehensive and aligned assessment system be in place to facilitate necessary instructional decisions for academics and behavior. A comprehensive assessment system includes valid and reliable assessments for the purposes of (1) universal screening, (2) diagnostics, (3) progress monitoring, and (4) outcomes in each area being addressed. 

Leadership, Professional Development, and an Empowering Culture must be constantly cultivated to ensure that all the work that takes place within the system is supported and sustainable. 

  • Leadership is an essential component to creating sustainable change within the system. When moving to a multi-tier system, there are formal structures of leadership that are required to ensure consistent communication and support to all stakeholders including staff. 

  • Professional Development is another essential component of the Kansas MTSS. Effective professional development supporting MTSS practices requires a carefully designed and executed plan. Professional development must be designed so that all staff members receive initial training and implementation support. 

  • An Empowering Culture can prove to be one of the most challenging components to create, but it is key to creating a sustainable system. In an empowering culture, staff, students, families, and stakeholders become actively involved in the process of school improvement. The leadership team not only provides skills and opportunities, but also encourages and facilitates active involvement of others in decision-making.

Contact MTSS

Matthew Andersen

Matthew Andersen

Titles: Director of MTSS
Phone Numbers:
School: 913-627-4383