Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

  • in order to provide the most effective education for ALL children, we believe we must start by providing effective instruction for EACH child. To meet this goal, Bensenville School District 2 adopted a three-tier approach to instruction.


    Multi-Tiered System of Supports is a framework for integrating levels (or tiers) of academic, behavior, and social emotional support to promote the success of all students.  MTSS is not a special program, class, or particular intervention, but rather a way of organizing instruction and intervention to help all students and promote early identification of students needing additional support.


    What are the key components of a multi-tiered system of supports?

    • High-quality, research-based instruction in the general education setting
    • Universal screening to identify students needing supplemental support
    • Multiple tiers of instruction that are progressively more intense, based on the the student’s response to instruction
    • Evidence-based interventions matched to student need
    • Ongoing progress monitoring of student performance


    What are tiered supports?

    • Tier 1 – All students receive high quality, core academic, behavior, and social emotional instruction and supports which includes differentiation of content, instructional strategies and/or materials
    • Tier II – Students needing additional support receive more focused, targeted small group instruction/intervention and supports in addition to Tier 1
    • Tier III – Students in Tier 3 receive the most intense instruction based on individual needs in addition to the core and supplemental academic, behavior, and social emotional curriculum, instruction, and supports.