The CT SCTG project is being evaluated by CSDE contract partner Glen Martin Associates. Together with the CT SCTG Management Team, the project has established an evaluation plan and measurement tools for each goal of the grant.
Statewide PBIS Implementation Needs Assessment
In an effort to gain an understanding of how the more than 450 schools that have been trained in PBIS since 2000 are doing in their implementation, SERC, along with Regional Educational Service Centers, are using the School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Tiered Fidelity Inventory (SWPBIS TFI). TFIs have been conducted in 158 schools representing 41 districts across the state, with approximately two-thirds of the schools located in Alliance Districts (the 30 lowest performing districts statewide). All TFIs were facilitated by consultants trained to conduct the TFIs on behalf of the CT SCTG, and data were collected in the online PBIS Assessment platform. School teams constructed the action plan during the administration, received instantaneous graphed feedback from PBIS Assessment at the conclusion of the session, and received a customized follow-up report written by the facilitator in the weeks following the session. Nearly 900 school personnel received technical assistance during the TFI sessions. Another 140 schools are eligible to receive this support during the 2017-2018 school year. More information on how to schedule a TFI for your school:
Representatives from CSDE and SERC presented a poster at the Northeast PBIS Forum in Mystic, CT on Thursday, May 18, 2017, summarizing the preliminary TFI data. For an in-depth analysis of TFI data published by Evaluation partner Glen Martin Associates, please click here.
PBIS Implementation at Cohort Schools
The six schools participating in the PBIS Implementation project are evaluated using several tools. Implementation fidelity and growth is tracked using the SWPBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory. School climate data are collected annually for students using the Georgia Brief School Climate Inventory – Connecticut version (elementary and middle/high school versions as appropriate). Parent/guardians are surveyed using the Georgia Parent School Climate Survey. School personnel are surveyed using the Georgia School Personnel Survey. Stakeholder engagement is measured using the How Welcoming Is Your School? Tool. More information regarding each tool appears below.
- Baseline TFI/Annual TFIs: Each school completes a baseline TFI in September of year 1 of the training process and then completes an annual assessment in May-June of years 1-3.
- School Climate Data: School climate data are collected from students annually, and from parents/guardians and school personnel in years 1 and 3.
- Welcoming Walkthrough Data: Schools conduct a baseline Welcoming Walkthrough in year 1 of the process and select indicators they would like to improve over the 3 years. An exit Welcoming Walkthrough is conducted in May of year 3, and an analysis of the selected indicators will be used to show growth.
Overall Project Evaluation
The project is subject to evaluation by the federal government using the Annual Performance Report process. Each July during funding, a report is filed showing the accomplishments of the grant in the preceding year.