Secondary School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Tier 2 Quick Guide


School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) is a multi-tiered system of support currently being implemented in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. SWPBIS involves core features implemented through a variety of interventions across three prevention tiers to support students with disabilities work toward success in their social and academic goal.

The primary level (school-wide; Tier 1) includes defining and teaching behavioral expectations, implementing a school-wide reward system, clearly defining consequences, differentiating instruction, data-based decision making and use of existing data.

The secondary level (targeted group; Tier 2) supports students to reduce problem behavior and includes:

  • (a) progress monitoring;
  • (b) developing systems for increasing structure, predictability, contingent adult feedback, and home/school communication;
  • (c) linking academic and behavioral performance;
  • (d) basic function-based support; and
  • (e) on-going data-based decision making.

Sources: Horner, Sugai, & Lewis, 2015; Technical Assistance Center on PBIS, 2015.

Download the Quick Guide: Secondary School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports – Tier 2 (PDF)

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