Over the last couple of years I have received a large number of reports regarding student discipline problems in our schools. Some of these I have seen first hand. I have consistently been telling my colleagues and the Superintendent that teachers need more support from administration for student discipline problems and consequences must be enforced.
The new method of discipline in some schools is to reward for positive behavior rather than give consequences for bad behavior (PBIS). I believe this method has been a factor in increased discipline problems.
These surveys had many questions, but I have highlighted a few results from discipline specific questions on my website. Not all school results have been provided to me but I will update my website as they are received.
I would like to give a shout out to several of the schools who received high marks from teachers on the following statement:
"This School's rules for student behavior are effective"
Elementary High Marks (95% and above agreement rating by teachers): College Park, Landstown ES, Linkhorn Park, North Landing, Providence.
Middle School High Marks (85% & above): Great Neck, Bayside 6th grade, Salem MS--100%
High School: Salem High-- 87%
At the elementary level 17 of 39 schools scored less than 70% agreement.
At the middle school level 5 of 11 schools scored less than 70% agreement
At the high school level 6 of 8 schools scored less than 70% agreement.
These discipline problems have been a concern of mine for a couple of years and in my opinion, these surveys indicate that we do not have effective discipline practices in many of our schools.
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