Community Partnership

Initiative Description: This study had three primary steps: (a) recruitment of six sites from two states (four implementation sites and two comparator sites); (b) structured professional development in Year 1 (before implementation with students) and training each subsequent year with universal SW-PBIS content specifically tailored for high schools; and (c) delivery of technical assistance by project staff based on the school’s action plan.

Study Results: Results showed statistically significant decreases in student office discipline referrals (ODR). Reductions of ODRs in this study, though not experimentally tied to SW-PBIS, are an important metric because discipline referrals to the office are associated with other unwanted outcomes, such as school dropout and entry to the juvenile justice system

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good