• Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is an instructional framework and educational process that includes universal screening of all students, multiple tiers of instruction and support services, and an integrated data collection and assessment system to inform decisions at each tier of instruction. This framework is used to enhance all MISD student’s academic, social and behavioral needs.

    MTSS diagram

    MTSS Tier 1
    Tier 1 represents a universal approach to ensure all students experience a safe, supportive environment and receive high-quality core academic instruction and prevention-focused systems that promote positive behavior. This universal intervention is preventative and proactive and is for all students, 80-90%.

    MTSS Tier 2
    Tier 2 provides targeted, evidence-based academic and behavioral supports to students for whom Tier 1 supports are insufficient. This secondary intervention is a high-efficiency rapid response that includes classroom-based interventions or small-group interventions facilitated by a qualified professional. This tier is for some students, 5-10%.

    MTSS Tier 3
    Tier 3 provides highly intensive and individualized academic and behavioral supports to students for whom Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports are insufficient. This tertiary intervention uses evidence-based supports layered on and aligned with the two previous tiers. This high-intensity, assessment-based tier is for individual students, 1-5%.

    MTSS also includes RTI, PBIS, SEL, and Mental Health processes.

    Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the District has a duty to identify, refer, evaluate and, if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to disabled students. For additional information about the rights of parents of eligible children or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation, and placement into Section 504 programs, please contact the Director for Academic Support & Grants, Anna Gonzalez, at 832-386-1060, or by mail at 14705 Woodforest Blvd, Houston, Texas 77015.