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Climate Change: Implementing School Discipline Practices That Create a Positive School Climate


This report is the second in a series that analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) to determine how this data can be used to support effective high school reform. To read each of the reports in All4Ed’s series on how equitable access to rigorous and engaging course work and access to effective teaching work together to create a positive school climate, as well as policy recommendations for improving school climate, check out the full Climate Change series, available below.

Middle and high school students subjected to harsh school discipline policies and practices such as suspensions and expulsions are more likely to disengage from the classroom and course work, and increases their chances of dropping out, according to this new report from All4Ed. The report recommends implementing measures that address discipline in fair and equitable ways so that schools and districts can improve school climate and ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and a career.

Climate Change Series

January 22, 2015

Publication | Data, High Schools, Opportunity to Learn

Climate Change Series: Federal, State, and Local Policy Recommendations for Creating a Positive School Climate

School climate, is connected to students’ engagement in their coursework and, consequently, to their success. All4Ed offers policy recommendations for creating a positive school environment.
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August 15, 2013

Publication | Opportunity to Learn

Climate Change: Creating an Integrated Framework for Improving School Climate

Based on data from the Civil Rights Data Collection, schools that struggle most with providing a positive school climate more often disproportionately serve students of color and low-income students.
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November 21, 2013

Publication | Opportunity to Learn, Other Priorities

Climate Change: Providing Equitable Access to a Rigorous and Engaging Curriculum

Rigorous and engaging curriculum aligned with college- and career-ready standards fosters positive school climates in which students are motivated to succeed, achievement gaps narrow, and learning and outcomes improve.
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September 18, 2014

Publication | Data, Educator Policy, Opportunity to Learn

Climate Change: Improving School Climate by Supporting Great Teaching

Many low-income students and students of color lack access to great teaching that supports a positive school environment.
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