In the public school system, before referring a child for Special Education Services, the school
district is required to provide various levels of intervention to students struggling academically
or behaviorally. Each school has a team, usually consisting of the child, teacher, the parent, and
other professionals, who review interventions available to the child and make intervention
recommendations prior to assessing for Special Education.
If you suspect your child may have some difficulties in school you can seek help by discussing
your concerns with your childs teacher(s). You may find that the teacher shares your concerns
and is trying to address them in the classroom setting. If your concerns continue, you should
contact your childsteacher again and ask that a Student Study Team meeting. Information
regarding your child will be gathered by staff for that meeting.
Student Study Team (SST) Process
Students experiencing academic and/or behavioral problems in the general education program
may be referred for discussion to the Student Study Team by anyone having knowledge of their
functioning, including: physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers and parents. The
referral will be reviewed by the Student Study Team at the local school site.
The Student Study Team is a regular education forum composed of personnel with varying
specialties and experience chaired by the principal or designee of the school site. It is the intent
of the SST to act as a resource when intervention assistance is sought. The SST may suggest
regular program interventions within the classroom and/or support services available to all
The Student Study Team may include the following personnel:
Resource specialist teacher
General education teacher
You may be invited to attend the SST meeting, share information about your childs school
performance and talk about your concerns. The team may decide that modifications of the
general education program are appropriate to address your childs needs. If so, these
modifications or interventions will be written and monitored.
If these modifications/interventions are not successful, the SST may ultimately recommend
additional assessment. Should this be necessary, you will be contacted in order to obtain your
informed written consent.