Exploring Effective Primary Tier Strategies for Successful Implementation of School-Wide Positive Behavioral Supports

This research project discusses school-wide positive behavioral supports (SWPBS) as a proactive solution to increasing behavior challenges in schools today. Research indicates SWPBS can be successful in decreasing office discipline referral rates and suspension rates when effectively implemented. This study applied action research to identify the behavioral needs of a high performing elementary school located in southern California. The school formed a Positive Behavior Support team that collected and reviewed data and introduced effective strategies based on current SWPBS research. The main findings indicate that having an effective SWPBS system in place can lead to positive school-wide changes such as lower discipline and suspension rates, and an overall improved school climate.