What is the SST?
The Student Study Team (SST) is a team of individuals invested in assisting a student who is experiencing difficulties. The SST meets to develop an understanding of the student’s strengths and problem areas, review resources and strategies available, and formulate a plan of intervention to resolve those problems in the regular classroom. Students may be referred by grade level teams, individual teachers, other school personnel, or by parents. Improving student achievement is the focus of the process. Through the SST process, teachers, parents, and support staff work with students who are at high-risk for academic failure due to any number of reasons including poor attendance, truancy, discipline issues, behavior problems, or other unidentified factors.
Who makes up the Team?
The SST is comprised of school staff, parents, and sometimes the referred student. Depending on issues and concerns initially presented, school staff participants may include the Teacher(s), School Psychologist, Resource Specialist, Speech and Language Therapist, Counselor, Nurse, Associate Principal, Principal, and/or others. The person making the referral and the SST coordinator will determine who should serve on the SST for each particular student. Thus, the team may not be comprised of the same individuals for every student.
How does the Team work?
If a student is still experiencing difficulties after less formal methods of intervention have been attempted (i.e., team discussion, teacher-parent conferencing, etc), s/he should be referred for a formal SST meeting. The SST Coordinator will schedule an SST meeting date, in conjunction with identified SST members (teacher(s), support staff, parents, and possibly the student). Before the meeting, it may be necessary for participants to gather relevant information, such as educational history information, work samples, and/or other desired information.
Student Study Team Process
Acknowledging that there are many expectations for students, it becomes a challenge to determine whether the problem is associated with an academic, social, emotional, or behavioral demand. Often a collaborative team approach can help identify appropriate interventions to assist the student in overcoming barriers to school success.
District SST Coordinator
For questions regarding SST Procedures, please contact the District SST Coordinator:
Dr. Howard Ho
Director of Student Support Services
Centinela Valley Union High School District
14901 Inglewood Avenue
Lawndale, CA 90260