NEPC Resources on Discipline Policy
Education Interview of the Month: Greg Smith Interviews Mark Warren, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, and Jonathan Stith About the Educational Justice Movement
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Axed Guidance That Cracked Down on Unfair Punishments for Students of Color. What Should Schools Do Next?
NEPC Review: The Academic and Behavioral Consequences of Discipline Policy Reform: Evidence from Philadelphia (Fordham Institute, December 2017)
Law and Order in School and Society: How Discipline and Policing Policies Harm Students of Color, and What We Can Do About It
NEPC Review: Understanding a Vicious Cycle: Do Out-of-School Suspensions Impact Student Test Scores?
Colorado Disciplinary Practices, 2008-2010: Disciplinary Actions, Student Behaviors, Race, and Gender
The Colorado legislature has recently taken school discipline policies under review, pursuant to SB 11-133. To inform the discussion in Colorado as well as a national discussion about discipline, this report presents an analysis of the most complete set of Colorado discipline data. It adds to and reinforces existing studies, documenting some troubling patterns, and suggests important changes in policy and in future data gathering.
This policy brief documents how removing students from classrooms for minor disciplinary issues harms overall achievement goals and does not improve education for the remaining students. An accompanying brief offers statutory code changes to improve data collection and advance discipline alternatives that can be adopted by state and federal policymakers.
Read press coverage here.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Increasingly popular "zero tolerance" policies–aimed at ridding schools of drugs and guns–in fact contribute to adolescent alienation and squander teachable moments in the lives of teenagers. The result is to shut down dialogue between young people and adults right at the moment when it is most desperately needed.