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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.

    Year One 2016-17 Highlights

    This year, we have aligned efforts to build a solid foundation for MTSS:
    • Central collaboration to tier support to schools
    • Field-tested a Student Data Portal, which will house 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 the Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions in more than 45 schools
    • Continued working towards a coordinated Professional Development plan and calendar
    • Continued working towards common assessments, available online to all schools

    Learn more about MTSS


    Contact Information

    Student Support Services



    Related News

    • We are excited to announce that SPS is preparing to field test a next generation interim benchmark assessment tool in Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 10-20 schools for the 2017-18 school year. 

      If you are interested in participating, please visit the internal MTSS page (link in lower right corner) to access the application.
    • 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)