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VTSS: Virginia Tiered System of Supports

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)