State law requires districts to implement school-wide positive behavioral supports or tiered frameworks.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:37-2b Early detection and prevention program.
- A school district or charter school shall implement an early detection and prevention program to: identify students in preschool through grade two who are experiencing behavioral or disciplinary problems; and provide behavioral supports for these students, which may include, but need not be limited to, remediation of problem behaviors, positive reinforcements, supportive interventions, and referral services. An early detection and prevention program may be incorporated into the intervention and referral services required to be established in each school pursuant to State Board of Education regulations.
New Jersey Statutes 18A:6-135 Development establishment of Response to Intervention framework.
1.a. The Commissioner of Education shall develop and establish an initiative to support and encourage the use of a Response to Intervention framework by school districts to promote the achievement of all students. The initiative shall include dissemination of information and guidance to school districts regarding the development and effective implementation of a Response to Intervention framework as a methodology to identify struggling learners, maximize student achievement, and reduce behavioral problems. The initiative shall also include dissemination of information and guidance to school districts regarding the effective use of a Response to Intervention framework as a methodology to identify students with specific learning disabilities in accordance with the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq. The information and guidance provided to school districts shall make clear that a Response to Intervention framework is not a substitute for classification of a student as eligible for special education and related services if the student requires classification.
b. The commissioner shall ensure that a Response to Intervention framework implemented by a school district includes, at a minimum, the following elements:
- (1) high quality research-based instruction in the general education setting;
- (2) universal screening procedures to identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes or behavioral challenges;
- (3) multiple levels of evidence-based interventions that are progressively more intense, based on the student’s responsiveness; and
- (4) continuous monitoring of student progress.
c. The commissioner shall make available technical assistance and training to assist school districts in the implementation of a Response to Intervention framework.
New Jersey Tiered System of Supports (NJTSS) Implementation Guidelines
Document provides implementation guidance on New Jersey's tiered system of supports.
School Climate Strategy Resource Guide
Document addresses use of positive behavioral supports with tiered interventions to communicate and reinforce behavioral expectations and provide selective and intensive interventions.