School of Education


Doctor of Education (EdD)


Kimberly Lester


Implementation, Response to Intervention, Self-efficacy, Special Education, Student Support Facilitators, Student Support Teams


Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Educational Psychology | Other Education | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


Student support systems are designed to improve struggling students’ performance and should be used by general and special education teachers. The purpose of this study was to examine teachers’ perceptions of student support system frameworks in a rural school district in a Mid-Atlantic state with a full-time or part-time student support facilitator. This study will provide educational leaders with information on teachers’ perceptions concerning student support systems, in order to support creation of improved staff development efforts that will influence effective teacher use of student support systems. Teachers’ perceptions of their training, special education eligibility, and framework weaknesses in student support systems, as well as familiarity of student support teams and response to interventions will be investigated. The researcher used a causal-comparative design to look at differences in teachers’ perceptions of SSS frameworks with part-time and full-time student support facilitators. The sample consisted of 70 certified regular and special education teachers. The researcher used a web-based version of the Bailey-Tarver SST/RtI Survey. Data analysis was conducted using a multivariate analysis of variance. The analysis determined there was a statistically significant difference in teachers’ perceptions of their familiarity with student support systems, adequacy of training to implement student support systems, effectiveness of student support systems for struggling students, and a relationship between different student support systems in schools with either a full-time or a part-time SST facilitator.