Date of Award

Fall 12-11-2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Chair

Dr. David W. Walker

Committee Chair Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 2

Dr. David P. Daves

Committee Member 2 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 3

Dr. Audra I. Classen

Committee Member 3 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Committee Member 4

Dr. Rose B. Jones

Committee Member 4 Department

Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

Abstract

This study examined State Education Agency (SEA) efforts to scale up Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) implementation across K-12 public schools within the United States of America. The researcher used archival data to determine percentages of school within each state currently implementing PBIS and a survey method to determine each state’s status regarding standards of PBIS implementation and variables of leadership capacity. The survey instrument was the State PBIS Implementation and Leadership Survey (SPILS). The participants were SEAs from each state and the District of Columbia, as represented by PBIS Coordinators or other designated PBIS professionals. The purpose of this study was to determine which states could be considered taking PBIS to scale as evidenced by > 60% of the schools implementing PBIS and scores of 80% or higher on the standard of PBIS implementation and the variables of leadership capacity prongs of the SPILS form.