A District’s Use of Data and Research to Inform Policy Formation and Implementation

Full Description: 

How do school boards and districts better use research and data to inform policy decisions? This report describes how one mid-sized urban district in the Northeast & Islands Region formulated and implemented a new discipline policy using data and research. The district examined a national report on districtwide suspension rates, conducted a detailed analysis of internal data, compared suspension rates with those of other urban districts, and consulted research on the relationship between out-of-school suspensions and academic outcomes. A 50-person task force used the research and data to draft a new discipline policy. The new policy clearly communicates expectations for student conduct and guides district staff on how to address various discipline infractions uniformly across the district.

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Author(s): 

Andrew Seager, John P. Madura, Joshua Cox, Rebecca Carey, in collaboration with the Urban School Improvement Alliance

Publication Date: 

11/01/2015

Length: 

11 pp
How do school boards and districts better use research and data to inform policy decisions?