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    Seattle Public Schools Multi-Tiered System of Support

    “If we know every student by story, strength, and need, we can then tailor our academic and behavioral approaches to ensure every student graduates prepared to succeed in Seattle.”

    ~ Wyeth Jessee, Chief of Student Support Services

    A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) encompasses both the academic and social-emotional-behavioral demands of learning.

    Seattle Public Schools has made a shift in practice to emphasize integration of both academics and behavior as critical to student success. MTSS emphasizes the system of support, rather than interventions.

    MTSS is a key part of the SPS Formula for Success to support all learners and ensure equitable access to a robust, high quality education. MTSS provides a structure to address individual needs to maximize learning potential.

    Our work this year:

    • Adoption of English Language Arts curriculum and textbooks for grades K through
    • Field Test of Interim Benchmark Assessments for English Language Arts and Math in approximately 20 schools
    • District-wide roll out of a student data portal called Homeroom that will strengthen data inquiry and decision-making as part of MTSS
    • Strengthen Professional Learning Communities that use data and common assessment structures to support students and monitor progress
    • Provide targeted, individualized supports to a handful of schools focused on that school's specific goals and opportunities to improve outcomes for students

    Year One 2016-17 Highlights:

    Last year, we aligned efforts to build a solid foundation for MTSS:

    • Central collaboration to tier support to schools
    • Field-tested a Student Data Portal, which houses student data in one place so schools can more easily monitor and align supports for students
    • Developed an MTSS Team in every school that meets regularly to review data and make decisions
    • Continued Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions in more than 45 schools
    • Implemented a coordinated Professional Development plan and calendar

    Learn more about MTSS:

    Contact Information

    Student Support Services



    Related News

    • SPS is currently field testing a next generation interim benchmark assessment tool in Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  
    • Seattle Public School Launches Student Supports Division
    • View a slideshow from a recent visit by Governor Inslee at Highland Park to learn more about MTSS

    Governor Inslee at Highland Park Elementary School

    Resources for staff

    MySPS MTSS webpage(requires login)