MTSS/RtI/Problem Solving  

The focus of ESU 10 is to provide high quality and timely services to member districts. We believe it is our responsibility to inform schools regarding current state and national initiatives.  A recent state and national initiative includes a movement called Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).

MTSS is a framework incorporating RTI and Problem Solving for all students. The ESU 10 vision of this framework is represented through our infographic. The center of our work in schools focuses on positive student outcomes for every child. The MTSS framework takes into account the need for a coherent continuum of evidence-based system wide practices to support a rapid response to academic and non-academic needs for all students. Students are provided with rigorous curriculum and instruction driven by assessment and frequent data-based monitoring.  

Problem Solving is the process by which assessment data is used to make decisions at the system, group, and individual levels.  The steps included in this process are:  1) define the area of need; 2) develop a plan; 3) implement the plan; and 4) evaluate the plan.   This process must take place within a system that has strong leadership, an empowering culture for students, staff, and families, and continual opportunities for goal driven professional learning.

                                    Patrice Feller
MTSS Facilitator/Coach

MTSS Video


Problem Solving Guidebook

Systems Problem Solving Worksheet:
Nebraska Public Schools Continuous School Improvement Action Plan

Group Problem Solving Worksheets: 
Group Information
Define Area(s) of Group Need
Develop and Implement the Group Plan
Evaluate the Group Plan

Individual Problem Solving Worksheets: 
Student Information
Define Area(s) of Need
Develop and Implement the Plan
Evaluate the Plan
Request for Multidisciplinary Team Evaluation

Appendix Forms:
Alternate Problem Solving Forms --Critical Features
Authorization for Release of Student Records
Notification of Screening
Parent Guardian Contacts
Parent Permission to Complete Screening
Problem Solving Checklist
Problem-Solving Team Signatures

Problem Solving Implementation:

Problem Solving Implementation Rubric
Problem Solving Implementation Rubric Evidence

Essential Element:  Team Leadership
Essential Element:  Parental Involvement
Essential Element:  Scientifically Based Core Instruction & Intervention
Essential Element:  Universal Screening
Essential Element:  Individual Progress Monitoring 
Essential Element:  Planned Service Delivery Decision Rules
Essential Element:  Intervention Delivery
Essential Element:  Fidelity of Instruction
RtI Roles
What is Response to Intervention?


Dallas Lewandowski:
Susan Evans:
Jami Schaffnitt:
ESU 10 School Psychologists
DIBELS Next - Susan Evans
AIMSweb - ESU 10 School Psychologists 

Contact the Nebraska Department of Education for information on using the RtI process to verify students for special education services. -

The Nebraska RtI Implementation Support Team provides training and resources to Nebraska Schools on research-based best practices. -