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Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP) for Educational Success

In some instances, behavioral challenges can be a major impediment to educational success. Behavioral issues negatively impact attendance, suspensions/expulsions, engagement, access to instruction, and school climate and culture. Students with challenging behaviors or intensive social-emotional needs may require the support of a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) to function successfully in the school setting. In order to create a meaningful, individualized BIP, a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) must first be conducted.


  • Identify when and by whom an FBA may be conducted to ensure a viable, proactive, and student-focused BIP is developed.
  • Dig deeply into the requisite components of an FBA with a focus on choosing appropriate data collection tools based on the individual situation at hand.
  • Discover the ways in which an FBA is used to construct a BIP in order to improve student access and engagement in learning.
  • Immerse themselves in the legal requirements related to the process of creating a compliant BIP.
  • Gain purposeful approaches to the analysis and use of data collected during the FBA/BIP development and documentation in SEIS.

LCAP Priority Areas:

Student Engagement: Supporting student engagement, including whether students attend school or are chronically absent.,

School Climate: Highlighting school climate and connectedness through a variety of factors, such as suspension and expulsion rates and other locally identified means.

Annual Performance Indicators:

Indicator 1: Graduation 4 Year Rate,

Indicator 2: Dropout 4 Year Rate,

Indicator 4: Suspension/Expulsion,

Indicator 5: Least Restrictive Environments

Any of our Regional Trainings can be given at your school site. These Site-Based Trainings are best suited for larger groups, and locations where a version of this training is not already scheduled.

Site-Based Trainings generally require a minimum of 10 participants at your school site. Should you wish to have a Site-Based Training, but do not have enough participants, the SELPA may be able to pair your LEA’s needs with other local SELPA Partners in order to offer the training at your site.

Contact your SELPA Program Specialist to discuss your professional learning needs, and to schedule any site-based trainings.

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