Student support teams (SST) provide a vehicle to develop interventions to support the academic success of students who present a struggle to achieve academically or who present behavior concerns which may impede their academic achievement.

The student support teams follow the procedures of the Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.32. The student support team operates at “Tier 3” of the four tier organizational framework of the Georgia Student Achievement Pyramid of Interventions. SST addresses academic, behavioral, and/or social-emotional concerns. Each school or center has an SST team chairperson. SST records are maintained as part of the TIENET® technology document management application. The SST chair monitors the process at the local school level.

There Are Six Basic Steps:

  1. gathering of information
  2. assessment and evaluation of data
  3. development of educational plan
  4. implementation of education plan
  5. evaluation of progress
  6. ongoing monitoring and evaluation

A referral to SST requires documentation of a student’s failure to demonstrate adequate response to interventions. Currently the documentation requires a minimum of four data points that reflect a trend over a minimum of a twelve week period. SST develops research-based interventions for the individual student to support progress. SST is a collaborative approach—parents are an integral part of this process and are invited to attend and actively participate in the process. The SST varies from school to school and is a fluid group made up of staff and support personnel from each school. The team includes, but is not limited to, teachers, administrators, parents, and the school psychologist.


  1. the student receives hearing and vision screening
  2. a referral is received by the SST chair
  3. a meeting is scheduled (if prior interventions and progress monitoring from “Tier 1” and/or “Tier 2” is submitted)
  4. notification of the time and date of the meeting is sent to the parents and team members
  5. a formal SST meeting is held to discuss the concern using a problem solving format
  6. interventions are generated with frequency and duration determined (additional data documentation and progress monitoring is determined)
  7. a follow-up meeting is scheduled to review the data