Mequon-Thiensville School District

Multilevel Systems of Support

A Multi-Level System of Support (MLSS) is a framework of practices grounded in the belief that each student can learn and achieve. There are several key features for an MLSS, including: high-quality instruction, strategic use of data, collaboration, a continuum of supports, systematic implementation, shared leadership, and evidence-based practices. 

We believe that all students can learn and achieve given a high, standards-based curriculum. A multilevel system of support is the practice of systematically providing differing levels of intensity of supports based upon student responsiveness to instruction and intervention in order to nurture each student's success. Educators use multilevel systems of support provide differing levels of:

  • Academic Extension
  • Academic Intervention
  • Behavioral Intervention

Please see the WI’s Department of Public Instruction’s framework document for more information on Wisconsin’s framework for MLSS.


At the MTSD, a continuum of supports is provided, varying in intensity, to meet the instructional needs of each student.  To do this, collaborative teams review multiple data points and identify students in need of additional support (intervention).  

Providing intervention is based in five key features:

Natalie Beckwith
Multilevel Systems of Support (MLSS) Coordinator


Multi-tiered Systems of Support Graphic