What You Need to Know About SBTs

What You Need to Know About SBTs

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports is a framework or evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention. One key facet of an MTSS framework is a School Based Team (SBT) or Problem Solving Team. An SBT is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of professionals who meet regularly to develop plans of action for struggling students. The Team's primary responsibility is to remove academic, behavioral, and social-emotional barriers to learning. Some of the key functions of the SBT include:

  • using a formal problem solving process;
  • analyzing student referral and baseline data;
  • identifying student strengths and areas in need of improvement;
  • developing intervention plans, including expected outcomes;
  • monitoring student progress toward expected goals;
  • collaborating with community agencies when necessary and
  • communicating regularly with parents about their child's progress.
  • School Based Teams play an integral role in the Response to Intervention (RtI) process at each school site.


SBTs are Multidisciplinary in Nature

School Based Teams bring together several professionals from multiple disciplines to determine what works for students. Team membership is often fluid and depends on each individual case. Regular members of the SBT include, but are not limited to:

  • school administrators;
  • SBT leaders;
  • classroom teachers;
  • school counselors;
  • school psychologists;
  • Exceptional Student Education staff;
  • speech and language pathologists;
  • 504 designees;
  • District Staff
  • community agency representatives; and
  • parents