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ND Multi-Tier System of Supports

North Dakota’s Multi-Tier System of Supports (NDMTSS) is a framework to provide all students with the best opportunities to succeed academically and behaviorally in school. NDMTSS focuses on providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals. Data are used to allocate resources to improve student learning and support staff implementation of effective practices.


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NDMTSS Essential Components

  1. Assessment: Screening, progress monitoring, and other supporting assessments are used to inform databased decision-making.
    1. Four Purposes for assessment:
      1. Universal Screening – all students assessed to determine which students may need additional supports – high or low and the effectiveness of the core curriculum
      2. Diagnostic – identify skill deficits and inform instructional match at all tiers
      3. Progress Monitoring – frequent assessment to determine whether students are making adequate progress toward a specific preset goal
      4. Outcome – measures performance of the educational system – e.g. NDSA, ACT

  2. Data-Based Decision Making: An ongoing team process that begins with identified questions with clearly established protocols to evaluate and inform decisions and actions at student, classroom, grade level, school, and system levels. Basic steps include gathering accurate and reliable data, correctly interpreting and validating data, using data to make meaningful instructional changes for students, establishing and managing increasingly intensive tiers of support, and evaluating the process at all tiers to ensure the system is working.

  3. Multi-Tier Instruction:
    1. Tier 1
      1. Focus - All students• Instruction and Supports – district curriculum and instructional practices that are evidence-based; aligned with state or district standards; incorporate differentiated instruction
      2. Setting – General classroom (small or large group)
      3. Assessment – Screening, continuous progress monitoring, and outcome measures
    2. Tier 2
      1. Focus - Students identified as at risk of performing below or significantly above expected outcomes
      2. Instruction and Supports - Targeted, supplemental instruction practices that are evidence-based (large or small group); additional layer to Tier 1
      3. Setting – General education and/or optimal setting for need of students
      4. Assessment – Diagnostic, Progress monitoring
    3. Tier 3
      1. Focus – Students who present with exceptionally high academic or very low academic or behavior achievement, or who have not responded to Tier 1 and Tier 2 instruction, or students with disabilities who do not meet their IEP goals; additional layer to Tier 1 and Tier 2
      2. Instruction – Intensive intervention adapted to address individual student needs through the systematic use of assessment data, validated interventions, and research-based instruction or behavior support strategies
      3. Setting – General or special education depending on the needs of the student
      4. Assessment – Diagnostic and progress monitoring

  4. Infrastructure and Support Mechanisms: Alignment of resources and supports necessary to implement an effective system includes, but is not limited to: Shared Vision, Prevention Focus, Culture, Leadership, Professional Development, Schedules, Resources, Communication, Leadership Teams(Training note: reasonable, practical, and doable)

  5. Fidelity and Evaluation: Fidelity happens across multiple points within the NDMTSS framework; system process, and multi-tiered instruction. Did you do what you said you would do? Evaluation occurs frequently and helps to determine the effectiveness of the system, process, or multi-tiered instruction. Did it work? How can it be improved?