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Efficacy Study of Foundations, School-wide Positive Discipline for Middle Schools

SRI Education is evaluating the efficacy of Foundations, a school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) model developed by Safe & Civil Schools. SRI will compare the behavior and academic performance of students in middle schools implementing the Foundations program and in comparison schools across several diverse districts in the country.

Foundations is a comprehensive approach to behavior management that guides school staff in designing a proactive and positive schoolwide discipline plan. Foundations is designed to help educators and support staff expand skills in effective supervision, discipline, positive behavior support, and classroom management, thereby increasing student motivation, attendance, and academic engagement.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, SRI in partnership with Safe & Civil Schools is conducting a large-scale two-year study that began in spring 2017 and involves up to 60 middle schools across multiple school districts in three states. SRI is conducting assessments and observations, school climate surveys with students and teachers, and observations of school common areas and is collecting information on schoolwide behavioral and educational outcomes from school disciplinary records and state achievement tests.

The goal of the study is to assess whether the Foundations program helps to

  • Promote consistent school discipline practices.
  • Improve staff, student, and parent perceptions of school climate.
  • Increase students’ motivation and academic engagement.

The study presented here is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305A160005 to SRI International. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.