Implementation of a comprehensive schoolwide behavioral intervention: The ABC Program

William E. Pelham, Greta M. Massetti, Tracey Wilson, Heidi Kipp, David Myers, Beth B. Newman Standley, Sheila Billheimer, Daniel A. Waschbusch

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The Academic and Behavioral Competencies (ABC) Program, a schoolwide program to reduce classroom disruption and encourage rule following, academic task completion, and homework completion, is described. The program was initially developed and implemented in an elementary school with a high-risk population. Data from teachers, parents, and children indicate high levels of satisfaction with the program. In addition, unobtrusive measures of program impact, reported as reductions in referrals to the principal's office, suspensions, and increases in homework completion rates relative to the year prior to implementation of the program, suggest a preliminary positive impact of the program. A replication is reported for another school district, with teacher evaluations of satisfaction and effectiveness reported, supporting the flexibility and adaptability of the program. Although the present article does not constitute a systematic evaluation of the ABC Program, it presents preliminary data on the process of implementation and stakeholder satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-260
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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