Funding PBIS Implementation Through ESSA Title IV, Part A Funds
5 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2020
Date Written: January 28, 2020
School-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is an approach for establishing the systems needed to implement and sustain evidence-based practices to improve student outcomes. When implemented with fidelity, PBIS has been shown to reduce unwanted behaviors, reduce bullying, increase academic achievement, and improve perceptions of school safety. Because of its effectiveness, many administrators and educators at the state and local level seek multiple ways to fund PBIS implementation efforts. One potential source of federal funding includes Title IV, Part A funds from the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). A 2018 survey on how districts planned to use their Title IV, Part A funds found that 63% said they planned to use a portion of their allotment on making students safer. When asked how they planned to use their Title IV, Part A funds to improve student health and safety, 61% of districts reported they planned to spend them on PBIS. To assist interested State Educational Agencies (SEAs) and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), this document provides background details on ESSA and answers common questions about its use to fund PBIS.
Keywords: positive behavioral interventions and supports, PBIS, Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA Title IV, Part A, school, funding, equity, discipline, safety, state educational agency, SEA, local educational agency, LEA.
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