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characteristics and b) avoid special education referral.  You should know that time analysis studies have found that the special education referral and eligibility determination process for one student can take up to 40 hours of educator's observation, assessment, and meeting time.  And in many cases, after all of this time and effort, a student may not meet eligibility criteria. So, it is worth it to take advantage of the

SST structure to plan and carry out ways for providing student assistance while remaining in the special education classroom.

What Does a Student Study Team Look Like and What Does the Team Do?

Probably the most important thing for you to remember about a Student Study Team (SST) is that is not a special education function.  Instead, an SST represents a total school commitment to student success through individual reviews of student needs and implementation of individualized strategies for promoting success in general education.  In some school districts, Student Study Teams have been renamed “Student SUCCESS Team” in order to capture the spirit as well as the letter of the law!   An effective SST has at least the following characteristics: * The SST meets regularly, uses a structured meeting form, insures attendance of relevant team members, and maintains an on-going     record of decisions, recommended interventions, and outcomes of interventions. * The SST includes the parent(s) or guardian(s) and all appropriate site personnel and program resources.  The student is included whenever it is deemed appropriate and possible. * The SST capitalizes upon the local resources of school site staff and other district and community resources, as needed, for professional growth and staff development. * The SST considers student learning, social, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges and generates, prioritizes, and selects

3-4  strategies for implementation.  A concrete plan of action is an outcome of each SST meeting. * Members of the SST provide assistance, consultation, and peer coaching to the classroom teacher(s) who are involved with the student of concern. * SST members take advantage of effective teamwork and concentrated action to improve student performance.

EDMS 512, Hood

Summer 2006

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