The PBIS glossary will help you become familiar with the terminology that is frequently used in PBIS.


The Benchmarks of Quality tool is used by school PBIS teams to identify areas of strength and weakness in the PBIS process at their schools. This information allows the teams to identify areas in which improvements can be made.  This tool is completed annually (preferably in the Spring) by all members of the PBIS team individually.

Cool Tools

These are lesson plans used in PBIS to model and teach expected behavior.


The Functional Behavior Assessment is used to evaluate a student whose challenging behavior remains unaffected by Tier 1 and Tier 2 PBIS support. The FBA team uses observations of teachers and others close to the student to determine the relationship between the behavior and environment.  Upon completion of the FBA, an individualized intervention plan will be developed to guide the next intervention steps to take with that student. >Learn More!


IDEA is the acronym for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004. It is a federal statute aimed at providing a quality education for students with disabilities.


An Individualized Education Plan is a written document referring to the educational program that will be provided to a student who meets the requirements for special education. >Learn More!


Office Discipline Referral’s are used by schools implementing PBIS to track behavior patterns and identify students who may require Tier 2 or Tier 3 of PBIS interventions. Typically a referral is the form filled out by school staff recording details of the behavior incident such as students involved, location, problem behavior and possible motivation.


An Out of School Suspension may be given to a student by school administration as a result of the student not meeting behavioral expectations. A student receiving an OSS would be dismissed from attending school for a given number of days as a consequence of their actions.


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is a framework that helps students understand what is expected of them, gives teachers a system for rewards and punishments and enables administrators to use data to make decisions about discipline in order to create a positive school culture and climate.


Positive Behavioral Supports, another name for PBIS.


Response to Intervention is a model used by schools to identify and aide at risk students using a multi-tier prevention system. >Learn more about Wisconsin RtI


The Self-Assessment Survey is used by schools to evaluate internal change over time. The SAS is completed annually (in either the Fall or in the Spring)by all staff members who have contact with students.


A School-wide Evaluation Tool is used to assess and evaluate the critical features of school-wide effective behavior support. This assessment tool is conducted annually (in the Spring) by a trained external evaluator who gathers information from reported data, observations, and staff/ student interviews. Because this tool is time intensive, it will typically only be conducted with10-20% of PBIS schools.


The School Safety Survey is used to assess the risk factors and protective factors that schools have in place to address school safety and violence. This survey is completed annually by at least 5 staff members including an administrator, custodial staff, supervisory/classified staff, certified staff, and office staff.


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), when applied school-wide, is frequently called SWPBS, SWPBIS or Sw-PBIS. SWPBS is a process implemented across the entire school or district focusing on changing behavioral expectations.


The Team Implementation Checklist acts as a guide for PBIS implementation team activities throughout the year. This tool is completed in the Fall and Winter each year by the PBIS Leadership Team until the Spring Benchmarks of Quality score is at or above 70%.


School PBIS Teams use the Wraparound Integrity Tool to gauge their progress and knowledge of the wraparound process.


Schools begin wraparound service in Tier 3 of PBIS. The service focuses on connecting families, schools and the community to create strong partnerships in all facets of the student life. >Learn more about Wraparound Service