In Columbus City Schools, MTSS is a comprehensive, multi-tiered, standards-aligned system designed to enable educators to identify the academic and behavioral needs of students. MTSS is an early intervention support process, but also is a framework to monitor and respond to the effectiveness of our instruction and to support professionals from a systems level. The goal of MTSS is to increase student achievement using research-based interventions/programs matched to the instructional needs and level of the student after first assuring that we have offered a guaranteed and viable curriculum at the core instructional level. Guaranteed means that the same great instructional experiences are offered to ALL students regardless of assigned school. Viable means that the instruction teaches what it needs to teach as outlined in the state standards.