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Self-assessment for PBIS Implementation


Quality planning begins with an assessment of a school’s strengths and planning needs.  The leadership team should conduct an initial self-assessment to determine the extent to which key practices are currently in place or are in need of planning.  The self-assessment should also determine what organizational and personnel strengths currently exist that may contribute to the planning and implementation process.  The following are examples of sources of data that provide the leadership team with rich information about strengths and needs:

Conduct a Self-Assessment

Tools and Resources

Conduct a building walkthrough.  Taking time to walkthrough the building with a structured rubric is a helpful way for leadership team members to learn how to tune into the specific Universal Intervention practices that should be in place. The Building Walkthrough tool provides helpful cues for what to listen and look for as well as specific probe questions to ask students and staff.
Survey students, staff and parents. Surveying students, staff and parents to provide input about the school climate is a great way to engage these three important groups in the decision making process.  Many different school climate surveys exist. The New Jersey School Climate Survey has parent, student and staff versions in multiple languages. Use the link provided to access the surveys through the New Jersey Department of Education website.





Determine existing practices.  There are several tools available through the National OSEP Technical Assistance Center on PBIS to assist school teams to evaluate implementation fidelity of core practices.  Two are provided here:  The Benchmarks of Quality and The Tiered Fidelity Inventory.

Benchmarks of Quality

Tiered Fidelity Inventory

Review existing data. Reviewing existing data, such as office conduct referral data, can provide helpful information for prioritizing planning and intervention needs. For more information about using office conduct referral data visit the Universal Intervention Data Monitoring page.
  • Universal Intervention Data Monitoring