Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Christopher Jones, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Ruth Meese, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jeannine R. Perry, Ph.D.


The purpose of this study was to collect office referral data from seventh grade students at a rural middle school in order to assess the effectiveness of a school-wide Positive Behavior Support System (PBS). Pre and post implementation data was collected and evaluated.

The results of the paired samples t-test were mixed and allowed for multiple interpretations. The raw data showed that office referrals actually went up for the second half of the year once the PBS was put into action. The causation for this increase is discussed.



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