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Behavioral Intervention Strategies and Supports

We can keep students in school and hold them accountable. Research on student engagement, academic success, dropout and graduation rates has shown the need to replace punitive discipline practices.

Fix School Discipline

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Instead of correcting students’ behavior and making communities and schools safer, the quick removal methods, such as out-of-school suspension and expulsion, deprive students of the chance to receive the education and help that they need, making it more likely that they will drop out of school, enter the criminal justice system, and place their future options in jeopardy. There is a much better way to hold students accountable and keep schools safe.

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The " How We Can Fix School Discipline Toolkit for Educators" is a step-by-step guide to working together to change harsh discipline rules.

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Links to California and federal laws requiring the use of alternative to out-of-school discipline.

Suspension Rates and Expulsion Rates
DataQuest is the California Department of Education’s Web Reporting Portal which includes suspension and expulsion rates. The rates are based on individual student records and subgroup information is available using filter selections. Users may view data by race/ethnicity, gender, or grade level at the school, district, county, or state level. Suppression logic is triggered by enrollment counts to ensure privacy protection of students.

California Accountability Model and School Dashboard
Suspension data are included in the California School Dashboard to assist county offices of education, school districts, schools and charter schools to identify areas of improvement in their Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs). Priority 6 of the LCAP should include clear goals and strategies for addressing areas of concern displayed on the California School Dashboard.

Restorative Justice Programs as Promising Practices External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 5:46)
Growing Fairness is a short documentary film about “growing” restorative justice practices in public schools, including schools in Oakland, California.


Questions: Dan Sackheim | | 916-445-5595 
Last Reviewed: Friday, December 6, 2019