IDEA 2004: Final Regulations and the Reauthorized Functional Behavioral Assessment


This article discusses school administrators’ continued legal support for their use of functional behavioral assessment and positive behavioral interventions and strategies for supporting children with disabilities who exhibit problem behaviors under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 and its implementing regulations. This article will help school and legal administrators unacquainted with concepts versant to behaviorists, close the knowledge gap and learn the functional behavioral assessment’s purpose, application and implementation to more effectively train and manage personnel through the process. The outcome for school administrators in obtaining the legal and practical knowledge presented here will be to improve school climate.


  • Heidi Ravensberg

Prevention Level

  • Tertiary


  • Administrators
  • District Contacts
  • PBS Coaches
  • Specialists

System Impact

  • Individual Student


  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School