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Description of NJ PBSIS

New Jersey Positive Behavior Support in Schools (NJ PBSIS) is a collaboration between the New Jersey Department of Education Offices of Special Education and The Boggs Center, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  NJ PBSIS is funded by I.D.E.A. Part B funds and is in its 14th year of providing comprehensive professional development support train to school personnel across New Jersey.  Since 2003, NJ PBSIS has trained 15 cohorts of schools to implement the tiered intervention system known as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). 

Outcome data

A number of published studies provide evidence that implementation of the PBIS framework results in positive outcomes including reduction in office conduct referrals and suspensions (e.g., Algozzine & Algozzine, 2007; Bradshaw, Mitchell, & Leaf, 2010; Horner et al., 2009; Lassen, Steele, & Sailor, 2006; Nelson, 1996; Scott & Barrett, 2004) and improvements in achievement (e.g., Luiselli, Putnam, Handler, & Feinberg, 2005).  One study suggests implementation may reduce staff burnout (Ross, Romer, & Horner, 2012). 

The following provides a summary of outcome data for the NJ PBSIS training initiative: