Examining the Schoolwide Expectations Survey for Specific Settings: Descriptive Properties

  • David James Royer (Creator)
  • Kathleen Lynne Lane (Creator)
  • Wendy Oakes (Creator)
  • Abbie Jenkins (Creator)
  • Emily Dawn Cantwell (Creator)
  • Eric A. Common (Creator)
  • Katie Scarlett Lane (Creator)



In tiered systems, all school faculty and staff ideally recognize student academic, behavioral, and social achievement as a shared responsibility. In an ideal system, faculty and staff collaborate in a data-informed process to define common student expectations to facilitate success. Adults provide clarity for all students by defining expectations for instructional and non-instructional settings, allowing equitable access to all areas of the school experience. In this replication study, we explored educator priorities of behavioral expectations in classroom and non-instructional settings for students as measured by the Schoolwide Expectations Survey for Specific Settings (SESSS). We analyzed faculty and staff data from 10 schools whose leadership team participated in a yearlong professional learning series to design their comprehensive, integrated, three-tiered (Ci3T) model of prevention. Results indicated educators across school levels (elementary, middle, high) had similar views on what expectations should be prioritized for student success, with statistically significant differences found for the hallway setting. Implications and future directions for research in this area are discussed.
Date made available2021
PublisherSAGE Journals

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