Literature Review What is the effect of School-Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports on the amount of behavioral referrals in a suburban district? . Patricia Hershey. Introduction.
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Literature ReviewWhat is the effect of School-Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports on the amount of behavioral referrals in a suburban district? Patricia Hershey
Introduction • In the wake of school shootings, bullying incidents, and other school violence issues, many school districts are developing School-Wide Positive Intervention Behavioral Supports (Sugai and Horner, 2002a). • Does having a common School-Wide Behavioral Intervention Supports program improve behavior? If global SWPBIS are successful, schools can focus their attentions on developing specific behavioral interventions for students with the most severe behavioral issues and improve school safety. In addition, if SWPBIS programs improve behavior, students and administrators can spend less time on behavioral issues and devote more time to instruction and student achievement.
Behavioral Intervention Prior to SWPBIS • Prior to the development of SWPBIS, the issue of how schools addressed behavioral concerns was problematic. Schools used inconsistent and punitive management practices that failed to give students the opportunity to learn and practice social skills and self- management skills (Colvin, Kame’enui & Sugai, 1994). • In addition to inconsistent management practices and failure to enforce rules, rules and behavioral expectations were also inconsistent. Behavior interventions were reactive rather than preventive (Colvin, Kame’enui & Sugai, 1994). • Sprague et al., (2001), argued indirect intervention approaches, such as counseling, used in isolation are ineffectiveand actually increase the incidence of antisocial behavior. Verbal reprimands, suspensions, and detentions do not bring long term change in behavior. They may in fact, lead to an increase in truancy, vandalism, harassment, and other problem behavior (Sprague et al., 2001).
Regulatory Connection to SWPBIS • Schools began to look toward a more systematic proactive approach to address behavior. “The reauthorizations of the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (1997, 2004) increased attention to the use of scientifically based behavioral interventions and supports, in particular to prevent the development of problem behaviors and to address the educational needs of students with serious behavior challenges.” (Sugai & Horner, 2009, p.226-227). • Although Response- to- Intervention is not mentioned in Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA), or the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, it is related to the emphasis on “scientifically based research” of both acts (Sugai & Horner, 2009).
Common Features of RtI and SWPBIS • Sugai and Horner (2009) maintained SWPBIS employs the same six core features as Response to Intervention. They are: 1. Interventions that are supported by scientifically based research. 2. Interventions that are organized along a tiered continuum that increases in intensity (e.g., frequency, duration, individualization, specialized supports, etc.). 3. Standardized problem-solving protocol for assessment and instructional decision making. 4. Explicit data-based decision rules for assessing student progress and making instructional and intervention adjustments. 5. Emphasis on assessing and ensuring implementation integrity. 6. Regular and systematic screening for early identification of students whose performance is not responsive to instruction. (p.226)
Three-Tiered Model • In the SWPBIS three-tiered model, the primary tier comprises 80% of the model and includes all students. • The secondary prevention tier encompasses 15% of the model and addresses students with at-risk behavior with specialized group interventions. • The tertiary prevention tier comprises the final five percent of the model. The tertiary tier consists of specialized individual interventions for students with high-risk behavior (Sugai & Horner, 2002b).
SWPBIS Implementation • SWPBIS implementation must include continuous evaluation of fidelity and outcomes. • School climate can be assessed through the use of the School-Wide Evaluation Tool, the Teacher Implementation Checklist, and student survey (Horner et al., 2009; Mass-Galloway et al., • Office discipline referrals (ODRs) are another measure of the effectiveness of SWPBIS. ODR data is used to evaluate the overall level of social behavior in schools (Horner et al., 2009).
Usefulness of Tracking ODRs • In 2005-2006, Spaulding, Irvin, Horner, May, Emeldi, and Tobin evaluated patterns of ODRs and administrative decisions made based on the ODR patterns in 1, 510 schools nationwide using SWPBIS (Spaulding et al., 2010). • Spaulding et al., (2010) were able to track the time of day elementary, middle, and high school students incurred the most ODRs, the behaviors resulting in ODRs, and the frequency of ODRs at the elementary, middle, and high school level. Administrators used this data for prevention, intervention, and to develop appropriate consequences (Spaulding et al., 2010). • In 1999 Sugai, Horner, and Walker published a study on the use of office discipline referral data to examine school-wide discipline and violence prevention. The study included 15 elementary schools and 15 middle schools. Sugai et al., (1999) recommended the use of ODRs as a means of identifying students in need of: universal (primary tier) intervention, secondary tier selected group intervention, and tertiary tier individual behavior intervention.
Findings of the Review • In a 2001 study, Metzler, Biglan, Rusby, and Sprague used ODRs to evaluate the implementation of SWPBIS over a three year period, which included a baseline year. • Results included a 28% drop in ODRs in the first year, and a 41% reduction in ODRs from the baseline year during the second year. Breaking down the data further, there was a significant decrease in seventh grade referrals and a less significant effect on eighth grade referrals. • Mass-Galloway et al., (2008) used ODRs to gage the success of SWPIS in Iowa. Three cohorts were chosen from the pool of applicants from all public and private schools in Iowa. • Results of the Mass-Galloway et al., (2008) study of both qualitative and quantitative data were favorable to SWPBS. Results showed less office discipline referrals and gains in instructional and administrative time due to the fewer referrals. Seventy-five percent of the sites in the study experienced a 42% decrease in office referrals per 100 students per day over a two year period.
Findings of the Review Continued • In 2009, Sherrod, Getch, and Ziomek- Daigle published a study designed to examine the results of SWPBIS implementation in a Southeastern suburban elementary school. • Overall, there was a 26% decrease in student ODRs in the SWPBIS group. Discipline referrals decreased from 219 referrals to 162. Physical aggression referrals decreased by 40%, bus referrals by 53% and inappropriate behavior referrals were reduced by 66%. There was a 25% increase of referrals for disrespectful behavior, and a 63% increase in referrals for disruptive behavior (Sherrod et al., 2009).
Conclusions • Based upon the research, schools that implemented SWPBIS with fidelity saw a drop in ODRs. The systemic organization of SWPBIS improves teacher and student behaviors through consistent use of positive feedback, social skills instruction and decreases problem behaviors leading to ODRs. • By reducing the number of behavior incidents resulting in ODRs, SWPBIS allows schools to focus on the at-risk and high-risk behaviors of students. This allows schools to become safer and spend more time on improving instructional practices.
Implications • SWPBIS practices are increasing nationwide. Pennsylvania has not yet mandated SWPBIS, or Behavioral Response to Intervention. Sharing of research, outcomes, and the reasoning behind the development of SWPBIS could result in more schools adopting SWPBIS. Perhaps this could be done through ACT 48 options for principals and teachers and at Safe Schools conferences. • Several studies tracked student and teacher perceptions of safety. There should be further study of which components of SWPBIS students perceive as the most influential in regard to behavior and safety.
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