5 Steps to Reduce Suspensions


By Tom Hierck and Kent D. Peterson

Student suspensions continue to be a major issue in American schools.  Suspensions are associated with a variety of negative student outcomes, such as lower academic performance and higher dropout rates. Yet, each year more than 3 million students face out-of-school suspensions, typically for non-violent behavior. Below we suggest five steps to help reduce suspensions.

With an action plan aligned to strategic goals and diligent, focused progress monitoring systems, schools ​can reduce discipline incidents and keep more students in class actively learning. Here are five steps to make that happen.


1. Analyze historical data.

The first step is to dig into historical data on students and schools with a collaborative team of stakeholders. These data may include:

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