Multiple Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) believes that all students can thrive. To support students who are not making the academic gains or who need to be challenged, the MTSS framework is implemented. MTSS consists of three levels or tiers that are fluid and overlapping. The tiers provide various levels of support to students in terms of duration and intensiveness. The more instructional support that is needed, the higher up on the model the student moves.

At AZVA, teachers implement MTSS utilizing research-based instructional practices; targeted interventions; and curricular enhancements to support students in accomplishing their individual learning goals, including innovative scheduling. Every student is given an opportunity to meet or exceed proficiency standards by teachers utilizing data in an effective and collaborative decision-making process, which results in differentiating instructional practices for all learners.

Students are identified for MTSS through weekly data team meetings and Universal Screening assessments. The MTSS Team will meet to create an individualized plan with a more intensive level of support for identified students. Parents/guardians are a critical part of this plan and will be an active part of the team.

Graphic illustrates the cycle to define, analyze, implement, and evaluate student academic and behavioral problems and solutions over Tier 1 (education for all students), Tier 2 (interventions for small groups), and Tier 3 (interventions for individuals).