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 Georgia's Tiered System of Supports for Students

Georgia educators are aligning to create a preventive framework to improve performance outcomes of all learners. Georgia's Tiered System of Supports for Students is continued implementation of Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement, the statewide plan to provide a tiered system of supports for the districts, schools, and students. The tiered system includes evidence-based interventions and screenings that will provide different levels of support needed to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems.

Aligning Georgia’s Tiered System of Supports for Students

Essential Components

This image shows how the framework's components advance Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement
The essential components of Georgia’s framework are aligned with the nationally vetted Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) including: Screening, Progress Monitoring, Multi-Level Prevention System, and Data-Based Decision Making. Georgia added Infrastructure as a fifth component to ensure schools can develop a systemic and preventive educational system that can easily be personalized for every child.

Essential Component: Multi-Level Prevention System

Georgia uses  a three-tiered, multi-level prevention system to determine supports for students
​Students receive services at all levels, depending on need.

Until now, Georgia was the only state to have a four-tiered pyramid. Now, Georgia operates within a three-tiered, multi-level prevention system. Students will receive services at all levels, depending on their needs. When all compo​nents are implemented, research shows results include strengthened Tier I instruction with 80% of students responding to core curriculum.

Georgia's Tiered System of Supports for Students represents a cross-divisional effort among Teaching and Learning, School and District Effectiveness, Federal Programs, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Special Education.

Cohort One

Through a competitive application process, the GaDOE selected ten school districts to participate in Cohort One; these districts are committed to using evidence and research-based practices to empower their students to learn, live and lead by graduation.

District Partners:

City Schools of Decatur

Clarke County School District

DeKalb County School District

Dodge County School District

Glynn County School System

Houston County Schools

Marietta City Schools

Muscogee County School District

Paulding County School District

Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools

​Each district will receive support in measurement and evaluation, professional learning and technical assistance, including coaching, necessary to support implementation. Schools will receive multi-phase training and ongoing supports for refinement and sustainability purposes to districts to implement the integrated academic, behavior and social framework.

Proposed Units of Study:

  • Overview and Expectations
  • Needs Assessment 
  • Screening and Progress Monitorin
  • Multi-Level Prevention System 
  • Data-Based Decision Making 
  • Infrastructure and Support Mechanisms
  • Family and Community Engagement

Georgia's Tiered System of Support for Students is expected to become one of the primary guiding frameworks for a continuous, data-based, school improvement process supporting academic, social emotional and behavioral achievement of all students to prepare them to be successful high school graduates.

What You Need to Know:

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)​ requires the use of evidence-based interventions and suggests that schools and districts implement a tiered system of supports. ESSA also allows state flexibility in using grant funds to implement a MTSS framework for literacy in kindergarten through grade 12 [Sec 2224(e)(4)​].

House Bill 740 requires local school systems to use multi-tiered system of supports and reviews prior to expelling or assigning a student in preschool through third grade to out-of-school suspension for more than five consecutive or cumulative days during a school year.

Helpful Links:

Georgia's Application Description​

Georgia's Application to Participate

Georgia's Application Infograpgic

Georgia's Application Awareness Webinar  

How to Measure Fidelity of Implementation​

Taxonomy of Intervention Intensity

Georgia’s Systems of Continuous Improvement

Frequently Asked Questions

Tiered System of Supports vs. RTI​

Evidence-Based Intervention Guide​​​​



 Contact Information


​Karen S. Suddeth, Ed.S.
Program Manager
Office Phone: 404-656-6058
Cell Phone: 404-548-4348

Carole C. Carr
Communications Specialist
Office Phone: 404-232-7986
Cell Phone: 404-519-9997

Georgia's Tiered System of Supports for Students Staff Contact List​​​​​​

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