The successful implementation of SW PBIS in a school requires the collection and analysis of data to guide decision-making. Staff use on an ongoing basis to:
- Characterize and understand a situation (such as a classroom or other school setting, a student's behavior or performance, or a teacher's instruction);
- Evaluate the effectiveness and quality of implementation of current practices;
- Guide the development of new or modified practices; and
- Monitor student and program progress.
You may also want to review the Minnesota Department of Education's list of recommended assessment schedules for PBIS schools.
The critical elements of data-based decision-Making include:
- High quality data that are based on clear definitions and adherence to established data collection procedures;
- An efficient data storage & manipulation system (e.g., SWIS); and
- A commitment by the school team to a process for data-based decision making & action planning that involves three steps:
- Start with an outcome and use the data to verify/justify/prioritize.
- Describe in measurable terms.
- Specify realistic & achievable criteria for success.