Key Principles

  • Intervene early through the use of universal screeners and other forms of assessment
  • Use a multi-tiered system of support
  • Tailor personalize instruction to the individual learner’s needs
  • Use data-based decisions to inform instruction and monitor progress
  • Use research-based interventions and instruction
  • Ensure fidelity of implementation
  • Document and encourage parental involvement in all steps of the process


  • Improves outcomes for ALL students
  • Proactive early intervention
  • Instruction and intervention extension that is data driven
  • Encourages collaboration among educators, families and community stakeholders
  • Fosters partnerships with experts in the fields of mental health, social services, medical, juvenile justice, and cultural domains when needed
  • Can address a need without formal evaluations
  • Provides academic and behavioral supports within the general education setting
  • Provides support to teachers
  • Prevents over-referral to special education