What is Values Congruence?

The third scale measured by our Personal Responsibility Map, (our core assessment for achieving academic and career goals), is Values Congruence. A value is a belief about what is good, just, and beautiful. Values influence people’s ways of behaving and how they respond to situations. Values Congruence is the ability to have a healthy balance between values, beliefs, and goals. When one’s values are congruent or consistent with their goals, they will be more likely to follow through and achieve their goals.

How Are Values Developed?


Values are ideas, things, or actions that are important to an individual or a group of people. Common values represent ideals for an entire group or society. Ideals are things that are considered worthy of being copied or imitated. Values are developed at a very early age. The process of developing values begins at birth. Early in life, parents, caregivers, siblings, teachers, and friends all influence the values of children. Books, television, internet, social media, music, schools, churches, and workplaces are all things that have a continuous effect on the values of individuals and society. The development of certain values can have a positive or negative effect on individual outcomes.

Values & PBIS

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a term used to describe the proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports to aid students in achieving social, emotional, and academic success. This definition brings together the worlds of academic instruction and behavioral intervention. The PBIS framework is powerful because it is now understood that schools cannot separate academic performance from social and emotional development.


With the PBIS process, schools help students identify behavior goals and connect them to their academic goals. It is crucial that these goals connect to the student’s personal values. Values are what is important to students on an individual level. Their values were created at a very early age and are a key motivator for success in their lives. Connecting goals to values creates motivation to learn and to achieve personal goals.

If you want to learn more about our Personal Responsibility program and how you can utilize it your PBIS process click on the free trail link below! It will give you a glimpse at our Personal Responsiblity Map which is the first step in our PBIS assessment and intervention process.