Data Systems - About SWIS
Schools that are implementing a comprehensive behavior management program such as PBIS need to have access to accurate and up-to-date information on what problem behaviors are occurring, in what locations, by which students, during which times and whether these behaviors are increasing or decreasing over time.
Such data systems should allow quick completion and collection, easy data entry and the ability to create data charts and graphs for analysis and decision-making. While Excel and Access can support such a system, we recommend the adoption of the School-wide Information System (SWIS).
SWIS is a web-based data system maintained by the University of Oregon and available for a small yearly licensing fee of $250. Once the school's SWIS account is set up, designated school staff enter office discipline referrals into a password-protected Web space. The resulting data may be summarized to provide information about the behavior patterns of individual students, groups of students, or the entire student body over any specified time. Numerical printouts, charts and graphs are created for use during decision-making. While SWIS is flexible and can be adapted to the needs of individual schools, the major use involves monitoring
- the number of office discipline referrals per month
- the type of problem behaviors leading to office referrals
- the locations of problem behavior events
- problem behavior events by time of day and
- which students are contributing to office discipline referrals.