PBIS Keeps Students in School and Saves Communities Money

For every dollar spent implementing PBIS, $105 are saved by reducing school suspension and dropout.

Supporting Child & Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral, & Mental Health Needs

A new resource from the US Department of Education that highlights seven key challenges to providing school- or program-based mental health support and presents seven corresponding recommendations.

Supporting Schools During and After Crisis

Supporting States, Districts, Schools, Educators, Families and Students through an MTSS Framework

A Commitment to Racial Equity from the Center on PBIS

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed.


Tier 1 practices and systems establish a foundation of regular, proactive support while preventing unwanted behaviors. Schools provide these universal supports to all students, school-wide.

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Tier 2 practices and systems support students who are at risk for developing more serious problem behaviors before those behaviors start. These supports help students develop the skills they need to benefit from core programs at the school.

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At Tier 3, students receive more intensive, individualized support to improve their behavioral and academic outcomes. At this level, schools rely on formal assessments to determine a student’s need.

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Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), the Center on PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of schools and other agencies. PBIS improves social, emotional, and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups.