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Open Access Thesis


School discipline; Academic theses;


Some schools looking to create and maintain a safe and supportive learning environment implement Positive Behavior Supports (PBS). Maintaining a safe and supportive school requires a solid sense of the current school climate and a continuous improvement process for measuring progress and making appropriate corrections. Schools need to be keeping track of whether a safe, supportive learning community is being provided to all students all of the time through key indicator data.

Due to the increased amount of accountability being placed upon schools and states through NCLB, there is also an increased amount of academic data collection required. One school currently implements a PBS program and continually collects data on office referrals, however, it is felt that the data is not utilized to its fullest potential.

The purpose of this thesis was to analyze one elementary school's PBS data, helping them to understand the amount of useful information the data can generate about the PBS program and to plan possible future interventions. The school had collected information on office referrals for 2 school years, keeping track of the student, type of violation, location and time of referral.

Office referral data was analyzed and results were discussed in relation to information a school could use to look at PBS overall. Limitations to the data and implications for the school and school psychologists are discussed.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Kimberly Knesting


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