New Hanover County Schools




Multi-Tiered System of Support

NC state with MTSS letters. Logo for NC MTSS


NC MTSS is a multi-tiered framework which promotes school improvement through engaging, research-based academic and behavioral practices. NC MTSS employs a systems approach using data-driven problem solving to maximize growth for ALL! The vision of NCDPI is that every NC pre-K - 12 education system implements and sustains a multi-tiered system of support.
Jennifer Booher
MTSS Specialist
Administration Building
6410 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC  28412
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New Hanover County Schools desires to help students meet their full potential. In collaboration with parents, we provide children an excellent education in a healthy and safe learning environment where students are prepared with the critical skills needed in a 21st century global society.
Multi-Tiered System of Support is an approach to education that focuses on high-quality instruction. This approach will more effectively meet the needs of all children by providing layers of learning and behavioral supports based on students needs.
These layers of support are often referred to as core, supplemental, and intensive instruction.
  • Core instruction (Tier 1) is the instruction given to all students.
  • Supplemental intervention (Tier 2) is for students who need additional supports. Students receiving supplemental supports will get this support in addition to their core instruction.
  • Intensive intervention (Tier 3) is for students who need extra support and instruction in addition to the core and supplemental supports they receive.
Students receive instruction through differentiated Core instruction or by receiving Supplemental or Intensive interventions as advised by the MTSS team. Parents are important members of the MTSS team and are encouraged to attend and participate in their child's planning meetings.
Please note: If you are concerned that your child's progress is not adequate, a parent has the right to request, in writing, an evaluation for special education at any time. If the parent makes this request, the student must be referred to the IEP Team while interventions continue.




How Can Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers Help?
- Talk to your child’s teachers about your concerns.  
- Participate in team meetings about your child.  During meetings share your child’s interests, strengths, and needs.  
- Ask questions about your child’s intervention plan as well as their progress.  
- Ask what academic or behavioral area is being addressed and how the team will monitor your child’s progress.  
- Ask to see your child’s most recent data.  
- Share ideas with the team about strategies that work at home with your child.  
- Focus on your child’s growth on the specific skills that are being targeted.  Praise your child for the improvements they make in those areas.   
- Consult with your child’s teacher regarding strategies that may be useful in the home setting, which may further support your child’s learning at school.  
- Ask when the next meeting will be held to review your child’s intervention plan.

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