Robbinsdale Area Schools


Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) uses evidence and assessments to match instruction and interventions to personalize the needs of each learner. Used school-wide, this data-driven and prevention-based process improves learning outcomes for every student. MTSS includes social and emotional learning and support. 

“The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) advocates the use of MTSS to increase the number of students meeting grade-level standards and graduating with skills for further education and work careers. The majority of MDE’s work with MTSS is connected to implementing the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards with fidelity and building additional intervention supports to increase student achievement for all students,” (MDE, 2017)

What are the critical elements of MTSS?

The critical elements of MTSS is a detailed description of how to successfully implement the essential components of MTSS. The critical elements are:

  • Effective leadership that makes connections among MTSS, School Improvement Plans (SIP) and the Robbinsdale Area Schools mission and vision
  • Alignment to policies and procedures within the classroom, building, grade level, departments and district
  • Efficient use of problem-solving to support planning, implementation and evaluation of effectiveness
  • Positive, continual collaboration among staff, students and families to ensure successful student outcomes
  • Comprehensive, efficient and easy-to-use data systems that support decision-making
  • Availability of coaching to assist school staff with problem-solving 
  • Data-driven professional development that aligns with student goals and staff needs
  • Sharing successful outcomes and opportunities for growth with students, staff and families