Schools Met Specific Criteria; Implemented, Sustained Successful Programs
On Monday, July 23, 2012, fifteen Allegany County Public Schools were recognized as Banner PBIS Schools by the Maryland State Department of Education at the PBIS Returning Team Training in Howard County. The purpose of PBIS Maryland’s recognition program is to provide acknowledgement to schools in the state that have implemented school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. A “Recognized School” is one that has met specific criteria and has implemented and sustained school-wide PBIS programs.
There are three levels of recognition – Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The following fifteen ACPS schools were honored: Washington Middle, Westernport Elementary and Eckhart Schools received bronze; Cash Valley Elementary and Mt. Savage Elementary Schools received silver; Beall Elementary, Braddock Middle, Cresaptown Elementary, Flintstone Elementary, Frost Elementary, John Humbird Elementary, Northeast Elementary, Parkside Elementary, South Penn Elementary, and West Side Elementary Schools received gold.
Schools receiving the Bronze Recognition Award are in the implementation phase of their school-wide PBIS programs. The requirements are minimal, and a school can only earn this award for two consecutive years. The next level of recognition is the Silver Award, intended for those schools that have successfully implemented school-wide PBIS programs and who can demonstrate that their implementation has had positive effects on their discipline data for a minimum of one school year.
The third and highest level of PBIS Maryland recognition is the Gold Award. This prestigious award is only given to those schools that are demonstrating sustainability for the systems, practices, and data utilization for their school-wide PBIS programs. These schools must also demonstrate that their implementation has had positive effects on both their discipline and achievement data for a minimum of two years.
The ACPS system is very proud of these schools and congratulates them on the success their students have achieved.