Initiative Description: The primary prevention tier of SWPBS involves defining, teaching, monitoring, and rewarding a small set of behavioral expectations for all students across nonclassroom and classroom settings. In addition, a clearly defined and consistently implemented continuum of consequences and supports for problem behaviors are established, and the faculty adopt a process of continuously measuring the social behavior of students in the school and using those data for active decision making.
Study Results: Improved use of SWPBS was functionally related to improvements in the perceived safety of the school setting and the proportion of third graders meeting or exceeding state reading assessment standards. Results also document that levels of office discipline referrals were comparatively low
Reference: Horner, R. H., Sugai, G., Smolkowski, K., Nakasato, J., Todd, A., & Esperanza, J. (2009). A randomized, wait-list controlled effectiveness trial assessing school-wide positive behavior support in elementary schools. Journal of Positive BehaviorInterventions,11(3), 133-144. doi:10.1177/1098300709332067
Level of Evidence: Very Good