The SST* Process
*Student Success Team
Presented by: Venus Jones-Turner
SST Coordinator
What do you understand/know about the SST
process?
SST is…
A process in which a teacher is assisted in determining ways in
which a learner can be supported for academic success.
SST is not…
• A meeting for an Individual Education Plan (IEP);
• A gateway to Special Education;
• An opportunity for a parent conference.
SST Documents
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Referral Form
Accommodation Plan
Kindergarten Referral Form
Denial Letter
What are Accommodations?
• What the teacher has done prior to completing forms for SST
meeting to support the needs of the learner within the classroom;
• An opportunity for the student to have a different experience for
educational success within his/her classroom setting.
What qualifies a student for SST?
Evidence of academic performance
SIGNIFICANTLY
below grade level.
A student that does not fit in with peers
behaviorally or academically.
What disqualifies a student for SST?
A learner who is at grade level in one curricular area, yet is
somewhat struggling in another curricular area.
A student who is working at the same level as his/her peers.
Teacher responsibilities for SST meeting.
Student work samples;
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Reading
Writing (any curricular area)
Mathematics
Language Arts / Mathematics Assessments and data
• Attendance record;
• Evidence of behavioral issues.
Teacher talking points for SST:
• Reason for referral and specific statement of concern(s);
• Areas of student’s strengths and weaknesses;
• Expectations of this meeting.
Remember, the referring teacher is making the case for the support
this learner needs.
….. seems to come from a nice family.
Can’t ….. just go to resource?
….. is not taking the medication.
How would you feel if someone said this
about you or your child?
How do those phrases support the
academic success of the learner?
Teacher talking points for SST (academic)
Areas of strength
Examples:
• Excels in math;
• Loves to do handwriting;
• Enjoys art;
• Good in sports;
• Work well with math tools;
• Visual leaner.
Areas of weakness
Examples:
• Difficulty reading textbooks;
• Unable to phonetically sound out
words;
• Disorganized;
• Poor handwriting.
Teacher talking points for SST (social/emotional)
Areas of strength
Examples:
• Very cooperative;
• Willing to please;
• Recognized leader;
• Tries hard;
• Helpful.
Areas of weakness
Examples:
• Does not complete work in class;
• Does not turn in
work/homework;
• Poor study skills;
• Easily distracted.
Who does the Student Success Team Consist of?
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Coordinator
Counselor
Psychologist
Nurse
Healthy Start Coordinator
Instructional Coach(es)
Mental Health/Social Liasons
(Maybe all or some of the above)
Of course, parent and referring teacher attend meeting.
Decisions of SST
Decisions of team can range from mild intervention to aggressive,
including:
– Changes within classroom;
– Change to another classroom;
(receiving teacher needs to be supportive and accommodating)
– Special Education Assessment.
Remember SST is about…
STUDENT SUCCESS!
SST
Timeline
1
Complete
referral form
after
making classroom
accommodations
and conferencing
with parent/guardian.
2
Meeting is
calendared;
parent information is
sent home
with student.
(Forward signed
forms to office
when student
returns them.)
3
Teacher gathers
necessary
paperwork and
creates packet
for meeting;
gives to coordinator
at least
1 week
prior to
scheduled meeting.
4
Packet reviewed
by coordinator;
if done correctly,
meeting will
take place
as scheduled.
5
IF NOT…
Packet will be
returned to referring
teacher; meeting
will be rescheduled
to a later date.
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