Alan B. Shepard High School

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Multi- Tiered Support System (MTSS)

Shepard High School's Targeted Assistant Teams (TAT) were created to implement Child Find throughout the building. TAT teams are structured to find general education students who are in need of academic support. School staff refer students to these TAT teams due to academic difficulties. TAT teams are assigned to an alpha slice of students and report to the the Multi- Tiered Support System team (MTSS). The MTSS team navigates our tier interventions and controls supports such as Title 1 tutoring, social emotional supports, and academic recovery curriculum (ARC). These supports target students to become motivated to be academically successful and independent. Our three- tier structure allows for interventions to be personal and responsive to the individual student’s specific needs. The goal of the MTSS team is to enhance academic achievement in the classroom.

Academic Supports

Tier 1: Classroom-Based or Universal Supports

Tier 1 is the foundation of good teaching for all students, aimed at achieving both equity and excellence for all. That foundation of good teaching is based on the belief that every student can succeed academically, given the right amount of time and support. Tier 1 interventions are agreed upon by the TAT and MTSS teams and monitored weekly to determine growth or need of more support. 

Tier 2: Targeted, Programmatic, or Small-Group Academic Interventions

Tier 2 intervention is considered when tier 1 supports are not sufficient enough. Targeted interventions often occur in small groups to offer intensified supports that are already provided in the classroom. Tier 2 interventions are agreed upon by the TAT and MTSS teams and monitored weekly to determine growth or need of more support. 

Tier 3: Intensive Individual Academic Interventions

Tier 3 intervention is considered if tier 1 and tier 2 interventions are not sufficient enough. Tier 3 often incorporates an individualized plan that meets each students needs. Tier 3 interventions are agreed upon by the MTSS team and monitored weekly.