Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS)

  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) in District 49, is a “way of doing business” to support every student. While this can be a formal process, in its most basic form, MTSS is also how schools link assessment and instruction on the Colorado Academic Standards on a day-to-day basis. The goal is to continue to improve outcomes for each individual student and all students.  Schools use data and information in a systematic way to determine what’s working and what’s not to make real-time adjustments in instruction. Many times, instruction can be adjusted to meet the needs of learners but when needs become apparent, schools provide interventions to increase support. Resources for intervention come from the curriculum or other school resources, from the zone and district as additional supports are needed, as applicable. 


    Partnering with parents is KEY for success.  Our teachers and schools rely on parents and guardians' input to best serve their children; so in District 49 we communicate frequently to connect parents to the learning process.  You can learn more about how MTSS connects with our processes in District 49 Board of Education Policy and from the Colorado Department of Education.  

    Learn more here from our partners at the Colorado Department of Education.

About Colorado Multi-Tiered System of Supports



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    Colorado Multi-Tiered System of Supports (COMTSS) is a prevention-based framework using team-driven leadership and data-based problem solving to improve the outcomes of every student through family, school, and community partnerships, comprehensive assessment, and a layered continuum of supports. Implementation science and universal design for learning are employed to create one integrated system that focuses on increasing academic and behavioral outcomes to equitably support the varying needs of all students.


    To learn more about MTSS in District 49, reach out to your child’s teacher or school leadership team. 

Kathleen Granaas
Coordinator of Academic Performance
Phone: 719.494.8949