ERIC Number: ED430279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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District-Wide Administrator Assistance: Decreasing Suspension Rates through Clear Reporting and Utilization of Discipline Alternatives.
Neeld, Robin R.
This paper describes a program that was developed and implemented to define better the incidents used by a rural school district to report school violence to the state. The program was also designed to decrease the use of out-of-school suspension by 90 school administrators in this Florida district. Some of the strategies used for the program included inservices to instruct principals, assistant principals, and deans in accurate incident reporting and alternative actions to out-of-school suspensions. The levels of success for the program were measured by the pretest and posttest of the common base of knowledge of administrators and through direct comparison of data provided by earlier tests. Discipline action reports for each of the 35 schools under consideration were used for comparison. Results show that program objectives were met in all of the elementary and middle schools and in five of the six high schools. Eleven of the 18 elementary schools decreased their aggregate discipline rate by 1.5 percent or more; all 10 middle schools decreased their aggregate discipline rate by 8.1 percent or more; and 5 out of 6 high schools decreased their aggregate discipline rate by 9.7 percent or more. All three of the targeted schools showed a dramatic improvement in all areas. (Contains 21 appendices.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Florida