Changing Point Type or Expectations

A PBIS Rewards Admin can edit your school’s expectations or point type in the Options screen, but we should make you aware of a few issues that it could cause.  If you edit the title of one of your expectations, all the points awarded historically with that expectation will have the new name in reports.

  • By moving from no expectations to using expectations, there will be many points that are not designated with an expectation.
  • By moving from using expectations to no expectations, there will be many points that have an expectation included with the point on a report.
  • By changing the names of the expectations, the former expectations will show up as the new category.  If you changed Safety to Respect, all of the Safety points will now be Respect Points on reports.
  • By reducing the number of expectations, your reports will still reflect points for the expectations that were removed.

Another issue that can arise is the effect on your store pricing, or the token economy you have created.

  • If you move from 1-10 points with no expectations to one point per expectation, then the average points per transaction will go way down and will affect the purchasing power of the points.  Previously it might take 10 transactions to get a pencil worth 100 points, and now it will take 100 transactions.  Pricing for your items would need to be reduced to take this into account.
  • If you move from one point per expectation to 1-10 points with no expectations, the average points per transaction will now go way up and will affect the purchasing power of the points.  Previously it might take 10 transactions to get a pencil worth 10 points, but now it might only take one transaction.  Pricing for your items would need to be increased to take this into account.
  • If you move from 1-3 points per expectation to one point per expectations, then the average points per transaction will likely go down and will affect the purchasing power of the points.  Previously it might take 10 transactions to get a pencil worth 30 points, but now it will take 30 transactions.  Pricing for your items would need to be reduced to take this into account.
  • If you move from one point per expectation to 1-3 points per expectation, then the average points per transaction will likely go up and will affect the purchasing power of the points.  Previously it would take 15 transactions to get a pencil worth 15 points, but now it might take 5 transactions.  Pricing for your items would need to be increased to take this into account.

If you are early enough into the year, these may not be very impactful.  Adding one new expectation may have negligible effect. However, if you have already given out a significant number of points, these issues are worth considering.  After consideration, if you would still like to make this change, please visit the article Manage Expectations to learn how.

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