What is the Child Study Team?

Introduction
When teachers in general education are having difficulty with a student in their class, they may attempt several strategies to see if the problem can be resolved within the classroom. These strategies may include meeting with the child, extra help, simplified assignments, parent conferences, peer tutoring, and so on. If there is no progress within a realistic amount of time, the teacher may decide to refer the student to a school-based team, often known as the Child Study Team (CST), School Building Level Committee (SBLC), Pupil Personnel Team (PPT), or Pre-referral Team (PRT), depending on the state in which the student resides.
Once a teacher has determined that a student in his or her class exhibits high risk factors, i.e. social, emotional, environmental, academic medical etc, he or she will need further assistance from a local school team usually known as the Child Study Team (CST). This team (sometimes referred in other states for instance as the Pupil Personnel Team, School Based Support Team). While the name may be different, the members and responsibilities are usually the same. Keep in mind that this is a local school committee and therefore there is no parent member on the team. Normally, when teachers in regular education are having difficulty with a student in their class, they may attempt several strategies to see if the problem can be resolved within the classroom. These strategies may include meeting with the child, extra help, simplified assignments, parent conferences, peer tutoring, and so on. If there is no progress within a realistic amount of time, the teacher may decide to refer the student to the CST for a more in-depth discussion.
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