Functional Behavior Assessment/Behavior Intervention Plan

The 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), contains various provisions that relate to the academic performance and classroom conduct of students with disabilities. These legislative provisions have a significant impact on the roles and responsibilities of school personnel in Virginia. In response to this legislation, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) formed a committee to examine various aspects of IDEA. The committee was charged with addressing those legislative provisions that relate to student behavior that impedes the teaching/learning process. The information contained in this document grew out of a series of discussions on evidence-based practices for dealing with student behavior problems and is intended to address best practices in conducting a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and developing a behavior intervention plan (BIP). Committee members included parents, school administrators, psychologists, general and special education classroom teachers representing the public and private sectors, university researchers, teacher educators, and mental health and other community agency personnel. This guidance document is a revision of Functional Behavior Assessments and Positive Intervention and Supports (fourth edition, 2008)
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