Multi-tiered systems of support in reading (MTSS-R) are comprehensive and integrated systems of instruction and intervention designed to ensure that all students meet essential literacy academic and behavior goals and objectives.

The purpose of this guide is to lead schools through the process of implementing MTSS-R focused on five major MTSS-R elements. The MTSS-R implementation process occurs across multiple years and is fueled by a continuous improvement cycle.

The key goal of this guide is to support schools in MTSS-R by developing and implementing a dynamic school MTSS-R action plan to increase staff’s knowledge of and capacity to use evidence-based instructional strategies and support school-wide implementation of MTSS-R.

How to Use this Guide

School  teams can use this guide to jointly learn the elements of MTSS-R and systematically develop an action plan together to implement MTSS-R. Each step contains learning objectives along with materials to help you achieve them.

New to MTSS-R? We recommend carefully following each step and completing all objectives in the guide to learn how MTSS-R can help you build or improve your current system of support for reading. Remember, strong implementation of an effective MTSS-R approach is a process that takes time.

Not new to MTSS-R? We recommend you complete the objectives and activities that are most helpful to you. As you refine your MTSS-R, improvements in student reading outcomes should follow.