Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

What is Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)?  

It is a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) developed to promote positive and safe school climates by clearly identifying positive behavioral expectations and explicitly teaching the desired behaviors to students. It is a framework, not a program or curriculum.

The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is established by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to define, develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-tiered approach to Technical Assistance that improves the capacity of states, districts and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework. California has a state PBIS Coalition. The purpose of the California PBIS Coalition (CPC) is to establish a network for State Education Leaders, County Offices, School Districts and Schools implementing multi-tier frameworks through Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). Los Angeles County has one of the highest rates of PBIS implementation throughout the state.

There are three tiers of support designed to meet the needs of students:

  • Tier 1: Universal Intervention 80%
  • Tier 2: Targeted Intervention 15%
  • Tier 3: Intensive Intervention 5%

How long does it take to implement PBIS? It is a 3 to 5 year process to plan and fully implement all levels of PBIS. Year 1 is spent training, planning, and discussing with stakeholders. Year 2 begins implementation of Tier 1. Progress to the next tier is determined by school site readiness as determined by data site-based assessments: Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) and Self-Assessment Survey (SAS).

Who is using PBIS? It is used in all 50 states and several additional countries. It is also successfully being used in Probation Camps and Juvenile Justice Centers within Los Angeles County. All schools within the Saugus Union School District are in the implementation stage. For specific details about PBIS at your child’s school, contact the site administrator or your child’s teacher.

Can students still be suspended or expelled? Yes, if the student violates one or more of CA Education Code (EC) 48900 a-w, there is a potential for suspension or expulsion. Each situation must be fully investigated by site administration. Under EC 48900.5, other means of correction must be attempted before a suspension is utilized. 

Where can I get more information about PBIS?

Here are some sites: