Est. time: 15 min

Behavior intervention plans outline strategies and tactics for dealing with the problem behavior along with the role that educators must play in improving student learning and behavior. Many students respond positively to classroom behavior management strategies, such as classroom rules: many others, however, may require specially designed interventions to address the relationship between learning and behavior. Educators are increasingly placed in a position to develop specialized interventions, yet developing a plan that appropriately and effectively addresses the relationship between student learning and the problem behavior is very difficult and complex. Unfortunately, states are left to develop their own interpretations of what should be in a Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP), resulting in a variety of ways to address very complex behaviors. As a result, students are often under-served or they continue to be excluded from peers through long-term expulsion or suspensions. Furthermore, the behavior of some students is so challenging that students and staff have been harmed either by the student or by employing techniques that have no oversight..Consequently, some states, such as Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York, have specifically defined what a school district must do to comply with the spirit of IDEIA's intention and have promoted and passed laws that further protect individuals with disabilities by clearly stating what is required to effectively provide a free and appropriate public education for students with challenging behaviors. Written by Michael Livovich, this tutorial will use Illinois Behavioral Interventions Act (105-ILCS 5/14-8.05) as an example for other states.