SYLACAUGA, Ala. – On Wednesday, Sylacauga City Schools celebrated being selected as an Alabama Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Cohort I school district.
A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) is a framework for how school districts, in partnership with the Alabama State Department of Education, can build the necessary systems to ensure that each and every student receives a high-quality educational experience.
Over 40 districts applied to be in the first cohort of schools, and 33 were chosen after the framework was previously piloted by five schools in the state.
According to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), MTSS is a “comprehensive continuum of evidence-based, systemic practices to support all students’ strengths and needs, with regular observation to facilitate data-based decision-making.” The Alabama Multi-Tier System of Supports has three foundational elements, Academic Supports, Behavioral Support, and Foundational Wellness, as well as five pillars: Data-based Decision Making, Team-Driven Leadership, PK-12 Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies, Safe and Supportive Learning Environment, and Engaged Stakeholders.
Superintendent Dr. Michele Eller discusses the program here: