Support with Section 504/RTI/SST

  • What is a 504?

    ​Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/Public law 93-112 is a comprehensive law that addresses the rights of handicapped students in each school, eliminating barriers to educational programs.

    Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance.

    To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:

    1. have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
    2. have a record of such an impairment; or
    3. be regarded as having such an impairment

    Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

    District Information on Section 504

  • What is RTI/SST?

    Response to Instruction and Intervention, in Georgia, is a three-tiered instructional process, or framework, which guides teachers in matching instruction and intervention to each student's learning needs. This may include intervention for skill weaknesses, or strength-based instruction through enrichment and acceleration.

    What are the Three Tiers of Instruction in a Response to Instruction and Intervention framework?

    Tier 1 - Standards-based instruction matched to their readiness level in the general education classroom. Schools will assess all students to determine what students are at-risk.

    Tier 2 - Targeted intervention in identify specific area of weakness

    Tier 3 - Participate in intensive intervention

    What is the Student Support Team?

    The Student Support Team (SST) is an interdisciplinary group that uses a systematic problem- solving process to address learning and/or behavior problems of students, K-12, in a school. Per Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.32, every Georgia School must have an SST.

    The Student Support Team (SST) is in Tier 3 of a Response to Instruction and Intervention instructional framework. Each school's designated SST participates in problem-solving and monitoring of students who are identified as having significant skill weakness and/or who do not respond to Tier 2 instruction and intervention.


    District Information on RTI/SST

  • Need support with 504, RTI/SST or testing accommodations (ACT/SST)?

    Contact Tara Powell for information and support at