Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) emphasizes the principle that all students can learn when:

  • All teachers differentiate instruction to enhance learning within a research-based core curriculum.

  • Early access to a multi-tiered system of research-based interventions is provided.

  • A problem-solving approach that depends on the use of reliable data and the progress monitoring of learners to assess the effects of interventions is used.


Students' academic and behavioral needs are met through a multi-tiered system of support. All student receive core (Tier 1) instruction. When a student needs additional support, they receive supplemental interventions that increase in intensity to match a student's needs. At times, students require enrichment to support their learning; this is also supplemental to core instruction.


Our school uses a problem solving process that assesses students' academic and behavioral skills and matches instruction to these skills to improve student outcomes. Problem solving is defined as a process that includes a clear definition of the problem, a systematic analysis of why the problem is occurring, an explicit intervention plan, and progress monitoring to determine the effectiveness of efforts to improve student performance.


MTSS supports the goal of Continuous School Improvement. MTSS always contains these essential components:

  • Comprehensive Commitment & Leadership

  • Data System

  • Problem Solving & Team Structure

  • Multi-Tiered System of Instruction & Intervention

  • Implementation Monitoring & Ongoing Action Planning

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Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records by email to [email protected].