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Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports

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Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) is a data-informed decision-making framework for establishing the social culture and academic and behavioral supports needed for the school to be an effective learning environment (for academics, behavior and social-emotional wellbeing) for all students.

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Research and Implementation Center

Our Research and Implementation Center provides VTSS services to school divisions and develops state-level implementation supports.

Essentials elements of the VTSS framework are:

Tiered Systems of Supports

We support divisions in establishing a framework of supports and evidenced-based practices with increasing levels of intensity. Divisions determine appropriate supports based on need/fit/culture.

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Tier I: All students have the majority of their academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs addressed.
Tier II: Up to 20 percent of students may need supplemental instruction and supports.
Tier III: Up to 5 percent of students may need intensive, individualized instruction, and supports.

For more information about implementing tiered systems of supports, contact Michael Gregory, VTSS Coordinator, at or (804) 225-4543.


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