Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"... exclusionary discipline does not contribute to improved learning outcomes."

I went looking for data about the affects of student discipline on learning outcomes.

I didn't spend a lot of time looking; but it looks like reliable research will be hard to find. I did stumble across one study, link, that concluded;

"... exclusionary discipline does not contribute to improved learning outcomes."
The research is fundamentally flawed by the failure to define "exclusionary discipline". If you mean a kid standing in the hall outside a classroom, or sitting in the Office waiting for an administrator, then yes, exclusionary discipline is not improving learning outcomes.

Except for the learning outcomes of the rest of the kids in the classroom, whose progress is no longer being disrupted.

Also within the realm of possibility; exclusionary discipline that includes the application of every available resource in an effort to fundamentally change the way the kid behaves, and then putting him back in the classroom.

photo Mark Bralley


Anonymous said...

On this day of giving thanks, I am thankful for your blog, Ched. It is the only piece of sanity I ever find in the world of education today. Thank you for standing up for the rest of us in the climate of retribution and retaliation that is the insanity of APS.

ched macquigg said...

... and I am thankful for your kind attention. Have a great holiday.

Anonymous said...

APS gets away with it because this is a national phenomenon.
Across the USA, the rich and powerful sit on schoolboards.
Across the USA, they "pressure"the print media.
Across the USA they investigate their own criminal conduct.
Across the USA, they get their own Policing agents so their city police 'won't know what's going on.
Across the USA they misrepresent the school statistics.
That being said, it's been my observation that heads do eventually roll in other districts/states...far more than at APS.