Wendy Congleton
Director of Special Education and Preschool/504 Director


Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

The motto of Garrard County Schools is "Expect The Best!" while the motto of all Kentucky Department of Education, on behalf of all Kentucky schools is "Each and every student empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future".  The Garrard County Schools Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework designed to ensure focus on making these two mottos a reality for every single student in the Garrard County School system. This framework will help unite all of the many efforts in this district so that every school, every program and every employee is working in unison to ensure that every student achieves his best and is proficient and prepared for success. 


Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

A coherent continuum of evidence based, system-wide practices to support a rapid response to academic and behavioral needs, with frequent data-based monitoring for instructional decision-making to empower each student to achieve to high standards.

Response to Intervention (RtI):

The practice of providing high-quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals, and applying child response data to important educational decision.

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a comprehensive, instructional approach that addresses closing achievement gaps and providing high-quality differentiated instruction to all students. 

The following are definitions of Response to Intervention (RtI): 

Response to intervention (RTI) integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems. With RTI, schools identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student‘s responsiveness, and identify students with learning disabilities (National Center on Response to Intervention). 

RtI is the practice of providing high quality instruction and interventions matched to student need, monitoring progress frequently to make decisions about changes in instruction or goals and applying child response data to important educational decisions (NASDSE, 2006) 

There are seven key components of RtI that will serve as a framework for the district plan. The following components will assist in the development of a strong RtI model/plan to assist all students: 

1. Universal screening 

2. Progress monitoring

3. Tiered service delivery 

4. Data-based decision making 

5. Parent involvement 

6. Fidelity of implementation 

7. Professional development 

The essential components and benefits of a Response to Intervention (RtI) approach to addressing student learning needs are referenced in both general and special education law at the federal level, furthering the integration of learning support for all students, including those with identified disabilities.

EXPECT THE BEST!   We are Garrard County!


The Garrard County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, marital status, age, sex, or handicap as set forth in Title XI, and Section 504.  Any person having inquiries about compliance with these requirements is directed to contact Superintendent Kevin Stull at the Garrard County Board of Education, W. Maple Ave., Lancaster, Kentucky 40444, (859) 792-3018. 




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