(formally Teacher Assistance Team)
The primary purpose of the SAT is to evaluate, in a formal educational setting, the behavioral, academic, vocational, language, social skills, or any other areas that have manifested themselves as contributing factors to the student not doing well in a class or shop. Usually students who are referred to the SAT are those who we, as educators, say to ourselves, “There is a recurring situation or behavior that is hindering this student’s progress. I have tried several strategies unsuccessfully. What else can I do?”
The SAT meets as a group to discuss all aspects of the student/situation. Then, through consensus, establishes a “plan” to remedy the student’s overall educational behavior. Input from classroom and vocational teachers is essential in formulating the student’s plan but is even more essential in implementing the established plan and reporting back to the SAT. Please take this process seriously as it may impact the referred student’s future here at Diman.
NOTE: The SAT is not for students on an IEP or a 504 Plan as their needs are already being addressed by a designated educational plan.
This stage of the SAT is the responsibility of the referring teacher. Use of the following forms/documents will aid the referring teacher in documenting attempts to rectify the situation prior to an SAT meeting. The SAT Referral / Interview Forms are required for the process to continue to Level II.
- Level I Checklist
- Teacher Pre-Referral Data Collection Form
- Teacher Observation Report (if helpful)
- Suggested Strategies – teacher may use and document
- Parent-Student-Teacher Contract (optional)
- SAT Referral / Interview Forms - If the behavior continues and the referring teacher is not satisfied with the outcome and would like assistance, a SAT Referral Form is completed and submitted to PPS. The guidance counselor conducts interviews with the teacher and the student in order to complete the referral and initiate Level II of SAT.
This stage of the SAT is the responsibility of the SAT team, comprised of the Director of Guidance, a counselor, the Director of Special Education, the referring person, and various faculty members. The process is as follows:
- The Director of Guidance reviews the “SAT Referral/ SAT Interviews Form” completed at the end of Level I and schedules a SAT meeting.
- The SAT team convenes to assess the concerns and brainstorm possible strategies which are recorded on the SAT Meeting Summary Form for implementation by the teacher.
- A follow-up meeting date is scheduled in order to review the success of the selected strategies after a 1-2 cycle period of implementation.
- The referring teacher chooses the most appropriate strategies recorded on the SAT Meeting Summary Form to implement, assess, and document over the course of 1-2 cycles. However, should the teacher feel that a meeting is needed prior to the end of this time period, he or she should speak to the Director of Guidance to make arrangements.
- If the initial strategies chosen are unsuccessful, the teacher will return to the SAT Meeting Summary Form to implement, assess, and document alternate suggested strategies.
- Once the teacher has had sufficient time to try several strategies, a follow-up meeting will be scheduled to determine the effectiveness of the intervention.
- If the intervention is successful, the SAT is complete. If all interventions have been unsuccessful, the process moves to Level III.
This stage of the SAT is dependent upon the outcome of Level II.
- If suggested strategies were successfully implemented, the SAT process is complete.
- If the intervention was not successful, the student will be referred for formal evaluation or assessment which may include, but is not limited to:
- Achievement testing
- Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
- Psycho-educational testing
- NeuroPsych testing
Questions about the SAT can be answered by any of the Guidance Counselors, Director of Special Education, Director of Guidance, or the Assistant Superintendent Director-Principal. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about either the process or the forms.
SAT meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis. A SAT meeting will be scheduled in a timely manner after a referral is submitted.