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Click here to download the 2016-17 Model School Application (PDF). Click here to download the 2016-17 Model School Application (MS WORD).

Each school year, FLPBIS Project’s Model School program identifies and recognizes schools that:

  • Demonstrate improved student outcomes, as well as equitable student outcomes, as a result of PBIS implementation
  • Exemplify high levels of PBIS implementation fidelity
  • Agree to serve as demonstration sites highlighted in video, webinars or other FLPBIS social media stories
  • Agree to share resources and artifacts that showcase best practices.


16-17 Model School Prerequisites: Click here for a 1-page handout of pre-requisites

All schools must meet the following prerequisites by the dates identified in red in order to be able to apply in the online system (PMOD):

  • Student outcome data for the 15-16 school year. If your school is missing outcome data for the 15-16 school year, or if 15-16 outcome data need to be corrected, please submit these data to your DC. DCs must send these requests to the designated FLPBIS Project contact by November 5, 2016.
  • All FLPBIS Evaluation data submitted by identified due dates throughout the 16-17 school year. These data include:
    • Mid-Year 1 PIC Due November 5, 2016
    • Mid-Year 2 PIC Due March 1, 2017
    • Benchmarks of Quality Due June 15, 2017
      • The BoQ must meet a minimum criteria of at least 80%. This criteria evolves each year based on state-level implementation rates however the minimum criteria for 16-17 school year is 80% but it may be higher.
    • Outcome Data Summary (including Equity Profile) Due June 15, 2017
      • Required:
        • Total number of ODRs
        • Days of ISS
        • Days of OSS
        • Core report (% of students with 0-1, 2-5, 6+ ODRs)
        • All fields of the equity profile
    • Verify and Update 2016-2017 Enrollment Data Due June 15, 2017
      • Review enrollment data for your school in PBSES. Submit recommended changes for any inaccurate or missing enrollment data. Data are obtained from the state, therefore subgroups with fewer than 10 students are masked for confidentiality and recorded as 0. You will be required to enter enrollment data for subgroups with 1-9 students. 
    • PBIS Tier 1 Walkthrough Due June 15, 2017
      • PBIS Tier 1 Walkthroughs can begin entry during Mid-Year 2 reporting (February) to allow districts and schools more time to schedule, complete and enter the walkthrough data as these will help to inform the DC’s recommendation. The walkthrough portal will close June 15, 2017.
    • PBIS DC recommendation and data verification – Required for a school to access PMOD
      • DCs will verify the accuracy of each school’s end year outcome data and determine their Model School recommendation the school. This DC recommendation is required in order to provide a school with access to the PBS Online Model School Application (PMOD).
      • Once a DC has verified the accuracy of a school’s outcome data, changes will not be allowed. It’s recommended that the due date for end year outcome data for your district is scheduled with sufficient time for you to review the accuracy of data and submit your recommendation ASAP to allow schools early access to PMOD.

16-17 Model School Criteria

  • Must meet all pre-requisites indicated above
  • Must login to PMOD between June 19, 2017 and September 1, 2017 and complete application in the system.
  • Bronze application:
    • General information about you and your school (e.g., your name, contact information, etc.)
    • A short description of how PBIS implementation has positively affected student(s) on your campus. This can be a story about the general impact on school climate and culture or a story highlighting the positive impact of PBIS for a single student. This response will not be “scored” but is required to submit a Bronze application.  Please note each text response is limited to 2,000 characters.

  • Must meet Bronze criteria indicated above
  • Silver model schools exemplify improved student outcomes over the last two years (less than 15% increases from 14-15 to 15-16 and 15-16 to 16-17).
    • If a school experienced an increase of 15% or greater from 15-16 to 16-17, they will be eligible for Silver.  These schools will be provided a warning that if increases continue they may not be eligible during the next school year (17-18 school year).
    • If schools experience 2 years of increases 15% or greater and the rates of ODRs or OSS are higher than the state average for their school type (elementary, middle, high, alt/center, other), they will be ineligible for Silver but will be considered for Bronze.
  • Silver application:
    • A short description of engaging instructional approaches and creative alternatives to suspension strategies that your school is using to reduce the use of referrals or suspensions. This response will not be “scored” but is required to submit a Silver application.  Please note each text response is limited to 2,000 characters.

  • Must meet Silver criteria indicated above
  • Gold model schools strive for equitable student outcomes for the 16-17 school year
    • If schools have 0 subgroups with significant disproportionality (Risk Ratio of 3+), they will be eligible for Gold.
    • If schools have one or more subgroup with severe disproportionality (Risk Ratio of 3+), they will be ineligible for Gold.
  • Gold application:
    • A short description of innovative PBIS strategies that promote equitable disciplinary outcomes. This response will not be “scored” but is required to submit a Gold application.  Please note each text response is limited to 2,000 characters.


Application Process

  • The application period for Model School status runs from June 19, 2017 - September 1, 2017
  • Evaluations must be submitted through PBSES by established deadlines. Model school applications must be submitted in PMOD by established deadlines.
  • Applications can be reviewed, edited, and saved until September 1st. Do not “submit” your application until all editing is complete as no changes can be made after submitting an application.
  • After September 1, the system will not accept applications or changes to existing applications.
  • Please contact your District Coordinator for questions about the PBIS Model School process.
To apply for Model School Status, log in to the
Model School web portal:

Supporting resources:

  • Tools and resources for submitting evaluation data throughout the year: http://flpbs.fmhi.usf.edu/coachescorner.cfm
  • Pro Tip: During the 15-16 school year, many schools experienced challenges with entering accurate equity profile data into the system. Since revisions and edits cannot be made after June 15, 2017, begin working with your IT departments now to ensure schools can access the data needed in order to apply for model schools! Practice using the School Equity Profile/ Excel Template.
  • Pro Tip: DCs, begin working with PBIS teams to ensure schools have evaluations entered into the system on time. This will help prevent issues with turnover of a single position (admin., coach, etc.).

  • Pro Tip: Ensure you are problem-solving discipline data each month to identify and address increases in ODR, ISS or OSS.
  • Pro Tip: Ensure accurate interpretation of outcome data  (e.g., some metrics are display outcome data per 100 students while others provide total rates).
  • Pro Tip: DCs, begin working with PBIS teams to ensure the schools are provided supports to engage in ongoing problem solving to prevent increases. Additionally, working with new teams and administrators regarding PBIS practices can help to address issues related to turnover.

  • Tools and resources for problem-solving outcome data throughout the year:
  • Step1 Problem Identification and Step 4 Evaluation
    • Equity Profile (Excel Automatically calculate multiple measures of disproportionality so that schools may see if their discipline outcomes are equitable across racial/ethnic and educational categories (Special Education and General Education).
    • Understanding multiple measures of disproportionality (PDF) - This resource summarizes the different measures provided in the School Data Template and explains how they may be used.
    • Using data to address disproportionality (recorded module) - This recording provides in-depth instruction and examples of the different metrics for identifying and monitoring disproportionality.
    • Understanding your equity report (PDF)
  • Step 2 and 3: Problem Analysis and Intervention Development

Click here for the list of 15-16 PBIS Model Schools


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