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Schoolwide Evaluation Tool (SET)

Description of measure:

The Schoolwide Evaluation Tool (SET) is designed to assess and evaluate the critical features of schoolwide behavior support. The SET results are used to evaluate the current status of Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS) and to assist school teams to strengthen schoolwide behavior supports.

Benefits of collecting and using the SET:

  • Provides an "outside" perspective of your building's PBIS implementation efforts
  • Provides objective data regarding implementation efforts through the use of a research-validated instrument
  • Requires collection or observation of evidence of PBIS implementation

Measurement tool:

Schoolwide Evaluation Tool (SET)

When is the information due:

Annually.  See measurement schedule.

Estimated time involved in collecting information:

The interviews take approximately 2 hours to complete:

  • Principal interview - 30 minutes
  • Staff interview - 5 minutes each
  • Student interview - 1 minutes each

Interviews are conducted during non-instructional times.

How to collect and submit information:

The SET involves a principal interview, other school staff interviews, and student interviews. Collecting products (e.g., behavior expectation lesson plans, teaching schedule) and observations for the posting of behavior expectations are also part of the SET.  

The school's PBIS Coordinator will submit the results of the SET online at

How to analyze the results of the SET:


How the SET results support School Improvement:


Research supporting the SET:

Horner, R.H., Todd, A.W., Lewis-Palmer, T., Irvin, L.K., Sugai, G., Boland, J.B. (2004). The schoolwide evaluation tool (SET) A research instrument for assessing school-wide positive behavior support. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 6, 3-12

Vincent, C., Spaulding, S., Tobin, T.J. (2010). A reexamination of the psychometric properties of the school-wide evaluation tool (SET). Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 12, 161-179. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Do I need to have all interviews set up before going to conduct the SET?

A. No, just the administrator interview.  However, some schools may want to set up an interview schedule for you.  Either following a specific schedule or finding staff and students after the administrator interview is fine.

Q. Do I need to interview the administrator first?

A. Yes.  The information obtained from the administrator interview is used with the staff and student interviews.


If you have questions, please contact


Jennifer Rollenhagen
MiBLSi Measurement and Evaluation Specialist
West Shore ESD
Hart Office
844 Griswold St.
Hart, MI  49420