OSSU believes that Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) improves student outcomes by building capacity within schools and supervisory unions to meet the academic and behavior needs of all students.  We believe that all students, including those with the most intensive needs, should experience high quality instruction within inclusive educational settings.  

Over the past three years, OSSU has begun to invest in the process of developing and implementing this comprehensive and systematic framework that uses a collection of research-based strategies and practices designed to meet the academic and behavior needs of all students. High-quality universal instruction for all students, with supplemental supports for some students, and additional intensive supports for a few students is at the heart of this framework. The Leadership Team within OSSU work collaboratively to support all staff and students, at every level throughout the school system to ensure that students have the skills and behaviors they need to lead successful, healthy lives.

Overview of MTSS in OSSU

Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework to provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed academically and behaviorally in school. MTSS focuses on:

  • providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to student need. 
  • monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals.
  • using data to allocate resources to improve student learning.
  • supporting staff implementation of effective practices.
  • using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions.

Key Resources

  • MTSS-RTII Field Guide Vermont: an overview of Vermont’s multi-tiered approach to RTII, describing its major guidelines on key components of a MTSS, and the varied ways it can be implemented.  
  • OSSU MTSS Manual: a comprehensive guide to implementing MTSS within the schools so OSSU
  • PBiS-Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports: a State-wide effort designed to help school teams form a proactive, school-wide, systems approach to improving social and academic competence for all students.


Common Questions

Related Statutes

  • Essential supports for Vermont’s Educational Quality Standards
  • EQS 2121.5 Tiered System of Academic and Behavioral Support
  • 16 V.S.A. §2902 - MTSS and EST
  • State Board Rule 2914- MTSS and EST

Related Info

MTSS-RTII Field Guide Vermont


PBiS-Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports   


Heather Freeman
Director of Student Services

Rhoda McLure
Director of Instruction, Assessment & Grants