Virginia Tiered Systems of Support

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    Virginia Tiered System of Supports (VTSS)

    Virginia Tiered Systems of Support (VTSS). VTSS supports school divisions as they implement vital and effective academic and behavioral interventions throughout the Commonwealth. VTSS draws upon the research and evidence-based practices of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as well as Response to Intervention (RTI).These evidence-based practices have a well-documented track record of providing supports that effectively address students’ varying needs. The PBIS and RTI state project components of VTSS work in a collaborative partnership with Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Centers.

    VTSS is a state project supported by Virginia Department of Education. VTSS is grounded in the framework of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).

    Below is further information about the VDOE state project, Virginia Tiered System of Supports (VTSS) from the VDOE website:

    The Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) is a data-driven decision making framework for establishing the academic, behavioral and social-emotional supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students.

    The VTSS systemic approach allows divisions, schools and communities to provide multiple levels of supports to students in a more effective and efficient, clearly defined process. Implementing the VTSS requires the use of evidence-based, system-wide practices with fidelity to provide a quick response to academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs. The practices are progress-monitored frequently to enable educators to make sound, data-based instructional decisions for students.

    VTSS functions under the anchor process of integrating data, practices and systems to affect outcomes. The essential elements of an effective VTSS framework are:

    • Data Informed Decision-Making
    • Evidence-Based Practices
    • Family, School and Community Partnerships
    • Monitoring Student Progress (including universal screening)
    • Evaluation (outcomes and fidelity)