Functional behavior assessment (fba) | EDUC 623 – Principles of Behavior Management | Liberty University

PART 1: Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)

During the course of your educational journey, you will encounter students who exhibit behavior that impedes the teaching/learning process. After trying unsuccessful strategies, a functional behavior assessment may be necessary. The primary goal of the FBA is to identify the purpose of the inappropriate or impeding behavior. One important data collection tool used in the FBA process is the Functional Assessment Interview (FAI) included in the Functional Behavior Assessment Assignment Template

For this assignment you will gather data from a provided student scenario or through student observations in the field to complete the provided Functional Behavior Assessment Interview Form. If you choose to use a student observation for this assignment instead of the scenario provided, please include a one page description of the student or the observation that you completed in module 3. You must use the provided Functional Behavior Assessment Assignment Template for this assignment. Each section of the form must be thoroughly completed using professional terminology and address the student data provided or collected. 

If you are gathering data from a field observation, the observed student must have diverse learning needs and specific behavior difficulties.   

Student Description

If you are using data collected from student observations in the field, a thorough description of the observed student must be provided on the Functional Behavior Assessment Assignment Template. You will include a description of the student’s social interactions, overall academic performance, gender, and other relevant data. If the student has a documented disability, the description of the student should depict a clear understanding of the student’s disability, the criteria/characteristic for having a disability, and how this disability impacts their academic achievement and functional performance in the learning environment. The student description is not required if you are using a provided scenario to complete the assignment. 

PART 2: Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)

Once difficult behaviors have been identified through the FBA, you will create a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) to decrease those behaviors and increase (i.e., reinforce) replacement behaviors. For this part of the assignment you will create a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) for the student identified in Functional Assessment Interview. You must use the provided BIP form in the Functional Behavior Assessment Assignment Template.


You will create three documents that support the content of the BIP. The first document will be the behavioral contract that will be used to for this student.  The second document should be the record keeping document that will be used by anyone identified in the BIP as responsible for the collection of data related to the student’s behavior. This document should not include any behavioral data. The third document will be a letter to the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) that briefly explains the plan and describes a system of ongoing communication regarding the student’s behavior. Attach these documents to the end of the Functional Behavior Assessment Assignment Template.

MAT Candidates must submit the assignment in Canvas and Livetext. 

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