The purpose of the MO SW-PBS school recognition is three-fold: first, reviewing the criteria provides schools and districts an opportunity to reflect on their progress implementing and sustaining SW-PBS; second, the process identifies exemplar schools representing all grade configurations and demographic patterns; and finally, it affords the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education an opportunity to recognize those schools that are implementing SW-PBS at an exemplary level. 
Criteria are based on effective implementation of the essential components outlined by the OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support.The criteria are intentionally set high. Each recognition level typically requires two to three years of intense work to achieve these criteria. These rigorous criteria and time requirements are necessary for schools to develop sustainable systems and practices, and to successfully implement these with staff and students. Indeed, many of the state’s most successful schools took a full year to prepare prior to implementing with students.

MO SW-PBS Recognition Levels

MO SW-PBS has identified three levels  of recognition that correspond with each implementation tier. These are:

Bronze: Recognizes schools that implement with high quality at the universal (Tier 1) level 

Silver: Recognizes schools that implement with high quality at the universal (Tier 1) and targeted (Tier 2) levels

Gold: Recognizes schools that implement with high quality at the universal (Tier 1), targeted (Tier 2) and intensive (Tier 3) levels 



Successful applicants will demonstrate superior performance in the following areas:
  1. Use of data to direct instruction, problem solving and intervention efforts
  2. Active use of creative and engaging recognition systems
  3. Implementation of SW-PBS throughout the school environment
  4. Systemic orientation of new students, parents and staff throughout the year
  5. Active instruction for social and behavioral skills

Scoring Rubrics

Tier 1 Scoring Rubric 16-17

Tier 2 Intervention Essential Features Scoring Rubric 16-17

Tier 3 FBA/BIP Scoring Rubric 16-17

Tier 3 Scoring Rubric (No Students Requiring Tier 3 Supports) 16-17


Application Process

  • Use the scoring rubrics (above) to develop, assess, and modify SW-PBS artifacts.
  • Complete  and electronically sign the MO SW-PBS Recognition Application 2016-2017.
  • Submit the MO SW-PBS Recognition Application 2016-2017 to no later than April 15, 2017
  • All additional materials must be completed and submitted by mail or electronically to your Regional SWPBS Consultant no later than April 15, 2017.
  • Materials regularly submitted to or already reviewed by consultants do not need to resubmitted
  • Notification of the award will be made by May 10, 2017.


Helpful Resources

Below find links to resources that you may find helpful as you write your brief narrative paragraphs for the recognition application.

1. Systems


Tier 1

Communication Planning Pages 78-79

Tier 2

Communication Planning Pages 64-66

Tier 3

Communication Planning Page 226-228


2. Data

2.A. Ongoing Monitoring

Post per day per month and triangle data graphics

2.B. PBIS APPS (You will need your login information!)

Ongoing Monitoring

2.C. Evidence of Improved Outcomes

3. Ongoing Monitoring >



Teaching Expected Behaviors

Encouraging Expected Behavior 

Discouraging Inappropriate Behaviors

4. Unique Features > Can include but are not limited to: 

Student Engagement

Staff Engagement

Family & Community Engagement

Systems and Communication / Social Media



Restorative Justice

Trauma Informed / Student Mental Health