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MLSS ManualThis New Mexico Multi-Layered System of Supports (MLSS) manual updates the instructional framework and guidance on the statutorily mandated (NMSA 22-13-32) response to intervention process in New Mexico to be more comprehensive, target features of implementation, and to include resources available at each layer of support.
MLSS Implementation GuideThe purpose of the implementation guide is to provide district, school leadership and teachers with guidance, resources, and tools for ensuring an effective implementation of MLSS. Implemented well, MLSS will lead to appropriate instruction for students, inclusive of at-risk students* in any content area. Schools can use the guiding questions to examine their current practices to determine existing systems and structures that can be leveraged and determine where additional practices need to be created.*In New Mexico and in reference to the Martinez/Yazzie consolidated lawsuit, at-risk means: Native American students, students with disabilities, students who are English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and students who are highly mobile. (New Mexico Public Education Department, Martinez and Yazzie FAQs)
MLSS Self-AssessmentThe MLSS Self-Assessment is a web-based tool that school sites can use to gather baseline implementation data of the MLSS Framework. This tool provides a transparent measure on a vast array of programs, policies, and initiatives that become the starting point for collaborative conversation with district and school leaders.


You will go to the homepage and click the “Request an Account” button. NMPED will be approving users based on the submitted POC contact information. Once you are approved as an MLSS POC, you will then be able to add other district and school users. Please note that questions regarding specific grade bands, such as Pre-K or first grade, may be left blank if they do not apply to the context of the school. If you require assistance with accessing or completing the MLSS Self-Assessment please contact Kenneth Stowe ( or (505-412-9979).

MLSS-SAT Supplemental ManualThis manual provides guidance on the Student Assistance Team (SAT) process and the provision of high-quality instruction and interventions. This manual can help teachers meet the needs of students by detailing the approach to interventions and the movement between universal and targeted interventions. This manual also addresses targeted and intensive interventions to provide for a greater impact on student achievement and well-being.
MLSS-SAT Overview 2-PagerThis 2-page document provides an overview of the mechanics for how students should move between the MLSS and SAT.
MLSS Implementation RubricThis tool assists school and district administrators with assessing the current state of MLSS implementation through targeted progress measures. Use this tool to plan future implementation programs, policies and initiatives.
MLSS Continuum of Supports FlowchartThis decision making flowchart is a tool to assist teachers and education professional a means to assess the current needs of a student and plan for future interventions/supports. This tool may be provided to the Student Assistance Team (SAT) to help make evaluative judgements of the efficacy of targeted interventions.
MLSS-Overview PresentationThis presentation slide deck provides a quick overview of the core elements of MLSS.
National ResourcesThis document contains a variety of resources concerning leveled intervention models throughout the nation.
OSEP 11-07 RTI Memo – US Department of EducationThis memo outlines the mandate that no procedures or practices delay the identification of students.


Page last updated August 24, 2021