6.2 The Student Support Team (SST) Process
Most schools have a team process for assisting teachers in devising instructional and behavioral strategies and supports for students experiencing difficulties in general education. This process and team is referred to by many names:
- SST can stand for “student support team,” “student study team,” or “student success team.”
- In some districts the team is called the “SAT” (student assistance team), “SIT” (student intervention team), “IST” (instructional support team), or “TAT” (teacher assistance team).
- In others it may be called the “consultation team,” “child guidance team,” “child study team,” “multidisciplinary intervention team,” and so forth.
- More recently, the SST may be called the “RTI team” (Response to Intervention team).
- As with RTI (List 6.1), the SST (or whatever name the district chooses to use) is part of a schoolwide general education process for problem solving issues with and supporting students in need of additional assistance.
- The intent of the SST process is to enable individual students who are struggling and their classroom teachers to receive support and intervention that will hopefully be effective in adequately addressing the student's needs in the general education program. It also serves as protocol in many districts for examining student needs and trying to resolve issues as part of the prereferral to the special education process.
- SSTs have been in place in most schools for a number of years. RTI is built on ...