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Georgia school climate surveys used as model for the nation

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, (404) 651-7358, mcardoza@gadoe.org or Meghan Frick, (404) 656-5594, mfrick@doe.k12.ga.us


February 12, 2015 – Georgia’s school climate surveys, which help determine the social, emotional, and physical safety of a school environment, are being used as a model for the nation. Four of Georgia’s surveys for parents, students, and school personnel will be shared by the National PBIS Center as an example for educators working to implement a similar framework.


PBIS, which stands for “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports,” is a proactive, research-supported approach to behavior issues that focuses on teaching and reinforcing appropriate behavior skills. School climate is an important part of this work, because students cannot learn when they feel unsafe emotionally, socially, or physically.


“In a school with a positive climate, students are better prepared to achieve academically, succeed in their future careers, and ultimately have a better quality of life,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “They have better test scores and they have higher graduation rates.”


The surveys will be posted on www.pbisapps.org, which hosts resources for more than 25,000 schools implementing PBIS.


More Information:

Georgia School Climate Surveys: http://www.gadoe.org/curriculum-instruction-and-assessment/curriculum-and-instruction/gshs-ii/Pages/Georgia-Student-Health-Survey-II.aspx

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