Student Support Team (SST)

Student Support Team (SST)



The Student Support 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 academic trouble, discipline issues, behavior problems, or other unidentified factors. Per Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.32, every Georgia School must have an SST.
Who makes up the Team?
The SST must consist of the SST chair and 2 additional educators. The parent is an integral part of the team and must be invited to each meeting.  Depending on issues and concerns initially presented, school staff participants may include the Teacher(s), School Psychologist, Behavior Intervention Specialist, Social Worker, Speech and Language Therapist, Counselor, Supervising Nurse/School Health Tech, Assistant Principal, Principal, and/or others. Thus, the team may not be composed of the same individuals for every student.
How does the Team work?
If a student is still experiencing difficulties after a small group and less formal individual intervention methods have been attempted the student should be referred for a formal SST meeting. The SST Chair will schedule an SST meeting date, in conjunction with identified SST members (teacher(s), support staff, and parents. 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.

How does the Team work in a virtual learning environment?
SST meetings, the implementation of interventions, and collection of progress monitoring data must continue during virtual learning utilizing the CCPS virtual platform (using Google Meets for meetings, documentation of all meetings in the RTI tab, appropriate online and in person intervention tools, and aimswebPlus for data collection). Whether virtual or in-district, collecting high-quality, actionable RTI/MTSS data is critical for assisting struggling learners. 

Helpful Links
Georgia Department of Education_SST_Information

Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators 

A Parent’s Guide to Response to Intervention

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