Creating safe and supportive learning environments that optimize academic outcomes for all students includes identifying and responding to student needs with interventions and services. The most effective way to identify these needs is through universal screening using a data-based approach. As part of CBHM, universal screenings are conducted using the Behavior Intervention and Monitoring Assessment System (BIMAS).
The BIMAS is a brief, repeatable measure of social, emotional and behavioral functioning in children and adolescents ages 5-18. The BIMAS includes 34 items that are used for universal screening and response to intervention. It was developed based on years of research and a scientific model that identified items that are sensitive to change.
As part of CBHM, BIMAS serves three main objectives:
- Universal Screening: the small number of items on the BIMAS allows for classroom teachers to rate her/his students quickly and effectively. The BIMAS can detect students in need of further assessment and identify their respective areas of need.
- Student Monitoring: Students that are identified as being in need of additional supports and services can have the effectiveness of their interventions monitored trough the BIMAS system to provide feedback about the progress of the individual students or groups in intervention programs.
- Program Evaluation: The methods of data collection and analysis allow for reviews of changes in a group of students receiving supports and interventions. This can help determine the most effective interventions.