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 Georgia's Tiered System of Supports for Students

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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.

How do the components of Georgia's Tiered System of Supports for Students advance the work of Georgia's Systems of Continuous Improvement?

Essential Components​

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 ccomponent​ to ensure schools can develop a systemic and preventive educational system that can ​​easily be personalized for every child. The following are critical elements of InfrastructureLeadership, Effective Teaming, Professional Learning, and Family & Community Engagement​

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.

​​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. Cohort two applications will launch in January 2019.

Professional Learning Units:

Georgia's Tiered System of Supports 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.

Implementation Guidance: 


Progress Monitoring

Multi-Level Prevention System​

Data-Based Decision Making



Effective Teaming

Professional Learning

Family & Community Engagement

School Essential Component Worksheet

School Fidelity of Implementation Rubric

District  Essential Component Worksheet

District/School Roles and Responsibilities​


High-Leverage Practices

Selecting Evidence-Based Tools for Implementing Intensive Intervention​

National Center on Intensive Intervention Tools Chart ​


How to Measure Fidelity of Implementation

Taxonomy of Intervention Intensity

Evidence-Based Intervention Guide​​​​​

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)​




 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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Please email all implementation questions to​

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 Georgia's Tiered Connection Newsletter


 Cohort One


 Georgia's State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)


 Webinar Series


November 2018

Infrastructure​ Webinar​

Infrastructure Power Point