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Preschool-Wide Evaluation Tool (PreSET), Research Edition

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Are your program’s PBIS efforts working?

Pinpoint which positive behavior interventions are effective with PreSET

PreSET logoBased on the widely used and highly regarded School-wide Evaluation Tool (SET), the Preschool-Wide Evaluation Tool™ (PreSET™) assesses program-wide PBIS in all types of early childhood settings. Conducted twice a year by an unbiased outside observer—such as a behavior consultant, inclusion coordinator, or school psychologist—PreSET takes an accurate snapshot of a program’s PBIS through a review of program documents, classroom observations, and interviews with the administrator, teachers, and a few children from each classroom.

Use PreSET to

  • assess universal features of effective PBIS across 8 key categories, including behavioral expectations, family involvement, and program support
  • better support critical social-emotional skills children need for kindergarten
  • measure progress toward goals and see at a glance how your program is progressing
  • target quality improvement efforts and develop a plan to strengthen behavior interventions
  • determine professional development needs for teachers

Read an in-depth Q&A with the developers about how programs can assess program-wide PBIS in early childhood settings.











At a glance

What does it assess?

Program-wide positive behavior intervention and support (PW-PBIS) implementation at the universal tier.

What are the categories?

8 primary universal features of PW-PBIS:

  • expectations defined
  • behavioral expectations taught
  • response to appropriate and challenging behavior
  • organized and predictable environment
  • monitoring and decision making
  • family involvement
  • management
  • program support

Where is it conducted?

In all types of early childhood settings serving children 3–5 years of age.

Who conducts it?

An unbiased outside observer (i.e., behavior consultant, inclusion coordinator, school psychologist).

When is it conducted?

For programs new to PBIS: Twice a year, in the fall and spring of the academic year. For programs already implementing PBIS: Once a year, at the end of the academic year.

What are the components?

  • interview with program administrator
  • interview with classroom teacher and sample children in each classroom
  • observation of each classroom

How many items are there?

38 items, organized into 8 categories

Sample item:

Does the program have a system for acknowledging children’s appropriate behavior (e.g., special spotlight for raffle tickets for a child during circle, children who clean up after discovery time?) (0 = no; 1 = once a day or system varies in each classroom; 2 = system is used more than once a day).

How long does it take to complete?

Approximately 1–2 hours to evaluate the whole program, depending on program size

How long does it take to score?

15–30 minutes

What sample was used for standardization?

138 early childhood classrooms

What is PreSET’s reliability?

Inter-rater reliability: .95

What is PreSET’s sensitivity to change?

Sensitivity to change demonstrated through a year-long study of 29 classrooms: Paired t-test results indicated an increase in all classrooms’ PreSET scores from fall to spring; t = 10.49 (df = 28). p < .000.

What is PreSET’s internal consistency?

.91 overall, across the 8 subscales.

How long has PreSET been in development?

Since 2006