When schools have concerns about a student falling behind, they often create a team to develop and implement intensive supports. Sometimes these teams are created because of a referral for a special education evaluation.
The teams are often called child study teams, student study teams, or student support teams, among other names. In MIBLSI, tier 2/3 systems teams create student support teams to serve students in need of tier 3 (intensive and individualized) interventions.
Identifying Students for Tier 3
Students who struggle with their tier 2 supports may need tier 3 interventions. A school team (e.g., a grade level team or the tier 2/3 systems team) makes this determination. The team reviews progress monitoring data for students receiving tier 2, determines who is struggling, and makes a referral to the tier 2/3 systems team.
Creating Student Support Teams
The tier 2/3 systems team creates a student support team based on the student's needs. The student support team then creates an individualized plan for the student.
The student support team should include:
- A content expert (e.g., school psychologist or reading specialist).
- Someone who is familiar with the school's systems.
- Individuals who are familiar with the student (e.g., family or teachers).
- A member of the tier 2/3 systems team.
Supporting the Team
The student support team member who is also on the tier 2/3 systems team should ensure regular communication between the teams. This helps the tier 2/3 systems team:
- Listen to or provide feedback and concerns.
- Secure the tools or opportunities for professional development as needed.
- Review the student's progress and determine the appropriate level of support for the student.