STUDENT STUDY TEAM [SST]
The SST is a group formed within the school to further examine a student’s academic, behavioral and social-emotional progress. The SST team can propose interventions for the student. The team usually consists of a teacher, administrator, and support personnel from the school. The student and parent are also a part of the team. It is different than a parent-teacher conference which focuses on improving communication and addressing specific class problems.
The SST meeting provides everyone with an opportunity to share concerns and develop a plan. Either a staff member or parent can make a referral. The interventions agreed upon will vary depending on the child's educational needs.
If your child is struggling in school, the SST team tries to determine if it is due to a specific learning disability or another cause such as impaired vision, social problems, health issues, language barriers, or if other issues are affecting the child’s performance.
If the SST team determines that the child could have a specific learning disability, they may recommend a formal special education evaluation. The student study team may also decide to refer your child for a Section 504 evaluation. Here, you child can also receive modifications. A 504 plan is typically used for a child who has a medical condition and requires accommodations in order to achieve academic success.
If you do NOT agree with the recommendations of the SST team, you still have the right to request a formal special education evaluation. Once a school receives your request, they have 60 days to complete the evaluation.