Student Study Team (SST) Lecturette (rev. 2006)
Jacqueline Thousand, Ph.D.
The purpose of this lecturette is to provide you with a context and framework for effectively participating as a member of your school's site-based Student Study Team, known throughout California and referred to in the remainder of this lecturette as an “SST.” California was one of the first states in the union to mandate that each school establish a working team, the SST, to examine the challenges and needs of individual students who are not experiencing success in general education for one reason or another. All too often the reaction to a student's classroom difficulty is to refer the student for special educational assessment and services. This is not an appropriate action of first course. In fact, referral is an action of last course, following demonstrated efforts to develop individualized supports to promote student success. As you exam IDEA/IDEIA, you will learn that part of the legal requirements is that you must ensure that all feasible alternative educational methods have been employed in general education before any consideration is made to refer students for special education assessment. An SST is a forum for melding the collective knowledge and wisdom of educators, family members, other support personnel (and, when possible, the student of concern) to craft creative ways in which to ensure a student's success in general education. The overarching goals of any team are to a) support and empower classroom teachers to effectively respond to students' unique learning, social, and behavioral
EDMS 512, Hood