Auditing/Assessing your MTSS Systems

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Written by Rick Couturier, Education Consultant and longtime MASSP member. Rick can be reached at

Developing and implementing an efficient and effective Multi-Tiered System of Support, (MTSS) system, into daily practice in our schools is essential for the implementation of appropriate targeted academic and behavioral interventions. As a building principal the task of developing such a process is often difficult due to the ever-increasing demands on time placed on school administrators, teachers, and their staff. An additional concern for principals and leadership teams to consider is the new state law passed in December 2016, “Policy for the Emergency Use of Seclusion and Restraint” (MCL 380.1307 to 380.1307h), which specifically requires the use of MTSS and PBIS practices as ongoing processes for identifying and prescribing research-based interventions for students. Overwhelmed yet? We have an upcoming workshop opportunity to help!

Transitioning from a building principal to the Intermediate School District as an academic consultant, my work centered on assisting principals and their leadership teams with the development of MTSS practices and its supporting systems. As my work expanded to multiple districts, each being at different levels of MTSS system implementation, I was faced with the task of figuring out each building’s MTSS capacity and what their next steps should be to improve their MTSS system. As a result of this work, I found no systemized way to assess the level of MTSS system implementation for school principals and their leadership teams to follow. It was this realization that leads me to develop this assessment/auditing tool.

Regardless of where you are at with MTSS system development, this tool and workshop will assist you with reviewing your current MTSS practice, identifying areas of potential growth and developing an action plan for your school leadership team moving forward. Most MTSS leadership teams consist of principals, assistant principals, counselors, social workers, special education teachers, school psychologists, and grade level or subject area academic leaders and all are invited to participate. It is my personal goal to continue to assist school leadership teams in developing efficient systems of support through the process of MTSS because time is our most valuable commodity.

Please join us for MASSP's upcoming one-day workshop on Monday, Nov. 13 in Lansing to audit and assess your MTSS system. More details and registration information can be found here: