MTSS for Mathematics

The course enhancement module (CEM) on Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in Mathematics is designed to assist faculty at institutions of higher education (IHEs) and professional development providers in the training and development of all educators. This CEM provides information and resources about how to prepare teacher and leader candidates or current practitioners to create effective instructional environments for all students, including students with disabilities and their nondisabled classmates.

Through this CEM, participants will learn about assessment tools and intervention practices that should be integrated into a comprehensive, evidence-based math intervention program within the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. The assessment tools and intervention practices are research-based and involve multiple levels of support (including schoolwide, classwide, small-group and individual levels of support) using data-based decision making. As participants gain knowledge about how to use these tools and practices effectively, they will become proficient in using mathematics data to guide intervention decisions, matching the academic intervention to the specific skill deficit and the intensity of a student’s needs.


This CEM is designed to build the knowledge and capacity of educators in the selected topic. The module may be adapted and is flexible to accommodate faculty and professional development provider needs. The anchor presentation and speaker notes may be used in their entirety to cover multiple course or professional development sessions. Alternatively, specific content, activities, and handouts may be used individually to enhance existing course and professional development content.


After completing this CEM, users will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education
  2. Identify areas of mathematics where students commonly struggle
  3. Identify the essential components of a multi-tiered system of support
  4. Describe supplemental interventions as part of MTSS and the response to intervention (RTI) framework in mathematics
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of specific supplemental math intervention programs
  6. Understand research-based methods for intensifying mathematics instruction
  7. Explain the steps in the data-based individualization (DBI) process