Study Correlates Positive School Climate, Fewer Suspensions

Summary:This article reports on a research study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Virginia which found that student suspensions could drop by 10% when schools work to develop a more positive school climate. Enforcing clear rules and building positive teacher-student relationships were two areas that helped to achieve these results in schools.

Source: Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, December 18, 2018

Categories: School Culture and Climate, Student Behavior, Codes of Conduct, Relationships, Restorative Practices

Description: “The findings are based on an analysis of student climate survey responses from more than 75,000 students from 310 Virginia middle schools. According to the research, students who fight or bully other students were most likely to be suspended, but a positive school climate was linked with reducing the chances students would be suspended, regardless of their race, economic status or behavior in school.”

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