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Kentucky Multi-Tiered System of Supports (KyMTSS)

Published: 2/5/2021 3:55 PM

To assist schools and districts in providing a seamless, multi-tiered system of intervention and supports for all students, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has expanded the framework for response to intervention (RTI).

KyMTSS is a multi-level prevention system to support student achievement and social emotional behavioral competencies through an integration of differentiated core instruction, assessment and intervention

The major components of the KyMTSS framework are outlined on this page and KDE Resources and Support for the Implementation of MTSS are provided to support school and district implementation.

Legal References: KRS 158:305KRS 158.840158.6459704 KAR 3:095

KyMTSS Frequently Asked Questions During an Extended Period of Hybrid and/or Remote Learning

Six Main Components of the KyMTSS Framework

Equitable Access/Opportunity Resources

KyMTSS is a framework that organizes the systems, data and practices to create positive, equitable and inclusive learning experiences for all students. According to the Council of Chief State Schools Officers (CCSSO, 2017) educational equity "means that every student has access to the educational resources and rigor they need at the right moment in their education across race, gender, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background, and/or family income." An intentional commitment to equity is embedded into all components of an effective MTSS and is essential to improve academic, behavioral and social emotional outcomes for all students.


KDE resources:  

Guidance on How Districts Can Facilitate Conversations about Race-based Stress and Trauma ( 

Culturally Responsive Instruction    - Articles and Lesson Plans for Culturally Responsive Instruction 

Equitable Access to Effective Educators – Equity Resources for Educators 

Resources and Strategies for GAP Closure - Information, resources, and strategies found to be effective with students who fall within an identified subgroup or GAP area.  


External Resources: 

Increasing Equity and Achievement by Using Equity Centered Capacity Building to Advance School System Improvement - This article discusses how to utilize and move beyond solely technical and structural approaches to improving school systems, and how to blend such approaches with a focus on the social, cultural and political dimensions of systems change. 

CCSSO Leading for Equity Resource – list of resources to support equity commitments - Addresses equity within a multi-tiered system of supports.  

Educational Equity: Research Brief (Center for Public Education, 2016) - Brief overview of educational equity, a review of the data on the students served by our public schools and describes the areas in an equity agenda that research shows will have the greatest impact on student outcomes: funding, curriculum, teachers and discipline policies.  



Culturally Responsive Teaching - A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices for Teaching All Students Equitably  

PBIS Culturally Responsive Field Guide - This field guide outlines an integrated framework to embed equity efforts into school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS) by aligning culturally responsive practices to the core components of SWPBIS.



School Equity Profile - free resource for analyzing data from Florida PBIS Project  

Wisconsin RtI Center Risk Ratio Module  and Risk Ratio Calculator - Guide on using school data to help determine risk.

Using Discipline Data within SWPBIS to Identify and Address Disproportionality: A Guide for School Teams - The guide describes a framework and steps for identifying levels of disproportionality, analyzing data to determine solutions, and monitoring the effectiveness of action plans in addressing disproportionality. 

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