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students using tabletsMulti-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)/Response to intervention (RtI) in Iowa is an every-education decision-making framework of evidence-based practices in instruction and assessment that addresses the needs of all students starting in general education.

As an every-education process, Iowa's MTSS/RtI allows educators to judge the overall health of their educational system by examining data on all students, as well as identifying students who need additional supports. 

Those supports are provided in both small group and individual settings, and measured to determine if these supports are making a difference to ensure all learners demonstrate proficiency in the Iowa Early Learning Standards and Iowa Core standards and leave school ready for life. 

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So, What is MTSS/RtI About in Iowa?

  • Implementation of the Iowa Early Learning Standards and the Iowa Core
  • Evidence-based instruction and intervention
  • Used with academics and behavior
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Linking and matching instruction to the assessment at all levels
  • Tiered or leveled intensification of intervention
  • On-going monitoring and response

What MTSS/RtI is NOT About in Iowa? 

  • Only struggling learners
  • Only interventions
  • A single way of doing business
  • A special education identification process
    • A means of finding learning disabilities 
    • Used only for Child Find purposes
  • Simply doing "something" as an intervention
  • Failing to teach missing or deficit skills
  • Failing to provide on-going monitoring
  • "RtI Time"
  • Doing what we've always done


Dr. Angelisa Fynaardt 
Associate Administrator & Director of Special Education
800-382-8970 Ext. 5311 Burlington & Ottumwa Office 

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