Student Study Teams (SST)
SSTs are established within a school to initiate, facilitate, supervise, and evaluate
the mainstreaming program for students with special needs.
A team may be referred to by many names: the multidisciplinary team, the IEP
team, the special services committee, the special education committee, the
placement committee, the IEP committee, the educational planning team, the
student study team, the prereferral committee, the teacher assistance team, the
prereferral team, and others.
For students with disabilities, state and federal laws and regulations describe the
purpose, responsibilities, and membership of the teams that make educational
The team includes general and special educators, as well as other professionals as
needed (school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, and school nurses).
School administrators and parents are members and students, as appropriate.
The major duties of the team are planning, implementation, and evaluation of
educational programs for all types of special students and for students being
considered for special education and similar services.
A coordinated educational plan clearly specifies the responsibilities of each team
The effective team is characterized by communication and cooperation.
factors make the mainstreaming teams unique:
Each student is considered individually; the recommendations are
specific and have direct application to the student’s educational
The team is composed of both general and special educators and other
professionals as needed; a multidisciplinary approach