Multi-tiered System of Supports for Behavior


    Introduction:  Multi-tiered System of Supports - Behavior is an approach to proactive school-wide discipline that is designed to enhance the capacity of schools to implement and sustain evidence based practices.  Through the implementation of Multi-tiered System of Supports - Behavior (MTSS-B), Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) is integrating effective behavior support structures that include interventions for students with more complex need, in an effort to enhance successful learning and ensure all students achieve success. 

    OVERVIEW OF MTSS-B:  Improving student academic and behavior outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. MTSS-B provides an operational framework for achieving these outcomes. More importantly, MTSS-B is NOT a curriculum, intervention, or practice, but IS a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students.

    In general, MTSS-B emphasizes four integrated elements: (a) data for decision making, (b) measurable outcomes supported and evaluated by data, (c) practices with evidence that these outcomes are achievable, and (d) systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices.

                 These four elements are guided by six important principles:

    § Develop a continuum of scientifically based behavior and academic interventions and supports

    § Use data to make decisions and solve problems

    § Arrange the environment to prevent the development and occurrence of problem behavior

    § Teach and encourage pro-social skills and behaviors

    § Implement evidence-based behavioral practices with fidelity and accountability

    § Screen universally and monitor student performance & progress continuously

    MTSS-B schools organize their evidence-based behavioral practices and systems into an integrated collection or continuum in which students experience supports based on their behavioral responsiveness to intervention. A Three-tiered prevention logic requires that all students receive supports at the universal or primary tier. If the behavior of some students is not responsive, more intensive behavioral supports are provided, in the form of a group contingency (selected or secondary tier) or a highly individualized plan (intensive or tertiary tier).


    Student Support Teams play a significant role in implementing Behavioral Support Systems andserve as student and systems advocates.  They apply their professional training in schools in order to support student academic and behavioral success.    As leaders and advocates, student support teams promote, assess and implement Tier 2 and Tier 3 behavioral support systems.

    Student Support Teams use disaggregated data to drive activity development, which will enable them to meet the needs of all students.  The decisions of the Student Support Teams will be data driven and will be modified based on results to ensure that every child achieves success.

     Please call if you are concerned about your child's behavior or social emotional well-being. Don't wait.  Let our support team help you!  All requests for assistance begin with contacting the school counselor, Mary Barrows at 816-3267.


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