Integrated Academic & Behavior Systems

North Carolina's Multi-Tiered System of Support

The IABS team supports the work of implementing and sustaining a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework through the lens of data, systems and practices for all students. The MTSS framework for districts and schools focuses on academics and behavior from Pre-K through 12th grade.  

NC MTSS Definition 

NC MTSS is a school improvement framework that encompasses academic, behavioral, social, and emotional instruction and support. NC MTSS employs a systems approach using data-driven problem-solving to maximize growth for all.


We believe that NC MTSS is one of the most effective and efficient approaches to promote educational equity and improve district, school, and student outcomes.


Every NC Pre K - 12 public education system implements and sustains all components of a Multi-Tiered System of Support.


The Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems team will build the capacity of public school systems to implement and sustain a Multi-Tiered System of Support through the provision of professional development, coaching, technical assistance, and resources.

Data, Systems, & Practices within an MTSS

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Create and provide resources to ensure that every LEA has access to an effective data system to make decisions about core, supplemental, and intensive support

  • Facilitated Assessment of MTSS - School Level (FAM-S)
  • NC Early Numeracy Skills Indicator (NC ENSI)
  • Every Child Accountability & Tracking System (ECATS) - Early Warning System 

Model and install communication, technical assistance and coaching structures to ensure readiness and build capacity for MTSS implementation across all LEAs.

  • Strategic Stakeholder Communication 
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration 
  • Regional Networking Opportunities 
  • District Systems & Coaching Support 

Design and share professional development through a variety of platforms to engage all stakeholders and support every LEA’s MTSS implementation efforts.

  • Academics
  • Behavior 
  • Attendance
  • Social Emotional Learning 

The NC MTSS Framework provides direct support across the state through a cascading system of support to empower the State Board of Education (SBE) to meet its goals, support Operation Polaris, and is connected with the following NC WestEd Report/Leandro, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), School Mental Health (SMH) Policy, Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Policy, and Read to Achieve legislation.  NC MTSS includes social and emotional instruction and supports.  The document linked below will first address social and emotional learning (SEL), then expand to the broader NC MTSS Framework.


IABS Contacts

NC District Map


IABS Regional Consultants
Julie Weatherman, West BriAnne Hall, Northwest
Holly Williamson, Piedmont-Triad Jade Tornatore, Southwest
Tonya Caulder, Sandhills  Matt Hoskins, North Central
Courtney Moates, Southeast  Osmond Lister, Northeast
Ashley Springs, Charters & Non-Traditional Schools Rhonda Harrell, Charters & Non-Traditional Schools


IABS Strategic Regional Support Consultants
Sara Newman, Regional Strategic Support Alisha Schiltz, Regional Strategic Support
Anne Nixon, Regional Strategic Support Amy Miller, District & School Improvement
IABS Strategic Plan & Team Consultants
Angel Goodwine-Batts, IABS (MTSS) State Team Lead Susan Laney, Data and Evaluation Consultant