April 18, 2017
Concerns about racial disproportionality and overuse of exclusionary discipline have motivated states to shift the focus of school discipline policies from removing students from classroom instruction to keeping students in school. A new guide by our partners at Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest helps schools and districts use data to identify the root causes of discipline disparities and to monitor progress towards eliminating racial disproportionalities in exclusionary discipline.
Designed for use by educators at the state, district, and school level who are involved in discipline policies or practices, the guide covers how to select, analyze, and interpret data indicators to identify whether racial disproportionality exists in a school’s discipline practices. The guide also describes how to use the Plan−Do–Study−Act process, a continuous improvement cycle, to make data-informed decisions about interventions and monitor progress.
“This guide is a collaborative effort between researchers bringing evidence-based knowledge and practitioners bringing real-world knowledge together to help solve a problem,” says lead author of the guide is Education Northwest’s Vicki Nishioka, who also serves as the NWCC’s Oregon state coordinator. Examples drawn from the practical experience of several districts who participate in the Oregon Leadership Network (OLN) are featured in the guide.