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BEST & Positive Behavior Intervention & Support

NVUSD has high school climate rankings

The California Healthy Kids Survey is a statewide survey given to all 5 graders across California in October each year. Results indicate that students in NVUSD feel safer, more connected and report having more caring relationships with teachers and staff than most other California students. In fact, nearly all of our middle and high schools rank in the 87-97 percentile range when compared to other California schools. Over the past 6 years of implementing PBIS we have been examining office referrals, suspensions, expulsions, attendance, and the level of our PBIS/BEST Implementation to evaluate our work on creating more positive school climates. The CHKS is the measure we use to look at student outcomes, asking kids how they feel at our schools. This data encourages us that our hard work is paying off and that indeed our school culture is some of the top in the state. Stay tuned for School Climate Report Cards for Elementary will be released this summer!

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What is PBIS & BEST?  PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.  BEST stands for "Building Effective Schools Together" and is our district’s adopted curriculum to implement PBIS.  PBIS is a comprehensive, 3-tiered approach to implementing positive and consistent student discipline systems in schools. Unlike other approaches to student discipline, PBIS encourages a positive climate schoolwide, in all locations and for all students, by focusing systematically on:

  1. The general school population (Tier 1: Schoolwide PBIS),
  2. Students at risk (Tier 2: Targeted PBIS) and
  3. Students with intensive or chronic behavioral and emotional problems (Tier 3: Intensive PBIS)

PBIS also recognizes that student discipline systems, including the definitions of and responses to problem behavior, need to be consistent across classroom and non-classroom settings.