Student Discipline Resources
Reports & Publications
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This report reviews successful best practice disciplinary interventions and cost-effective in-school suspension techniques revealed by interviews with school districts that could be brought to scale across Connecticut’s school districts.
Zero tolerance policies have negatively influenced school discipline procedures. As a result, students who present no substantial threat to school safety are being excluded, contributing to the drop-out rate and a perpetuation of the achievement gap.
Disrupting class, using profanity, misbehaving on a school bus, student fights, and truancy once meant a trip to the principal’s office. Today, such misbehavior results in a Class C misdemeanor ticket and a trip to court for thousands of Texas students and their families each year.
Every year, tens of thousands of children are removed from Washington State schools through exclusionary discipline. While some students are excluded from school for just a few days, there is a hidden subset of students who are pushed out on a long-term or indefinite basis.
Some have argued that many school systems have reacted to the threat of school violence and to the need for an orderly learning environment by applying overly rigorous disciplinary practices which needlessly force kids out of class and increase their likelihood of dropping out permanently.
Reducing Student and Teacher Dropout Rates: Effective Discipline for Student Success in South Carolina (South Carolina)
Of the 63,394 students who entered high school in our state in 2005, an estimated 24,280 never graduated. This unacceptably high dropout rate is cause for alarm for our community, economy and public safety.
Breaking Rules, Breaking Budgets: Cost of Exclusionary Discipline in 11 Texas School Districts (Texas)
Because the dollar-and-cents cost of discipline is rarely evaluated in total, it is important to spotlight current spending in this area and to draw attention to those evidence-based alternatives to exclusionary discipline that not only can reduce disciplinary costs but have a track record of success in improving school climate, student behavior and academic outcomes.
Because discretionary expulsion results in many students coming into contact with the justice system when they have not broken any laws, it is important to examine ways to modify disciplinary policy and approaches to effectively address behavior problems earlier so that students can successfully remain on their home campus.
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