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Taking the Mid-Year Temperature

Roland Espericueta Roland Espericueta   |   November 7, 2018

As you prepare for the end of the first semester, use your campus-specific data to help you formulate improvement plans to effectively address the needs of your school. This is especially true in the area of behavior and discipline.

Using Student Data in the Decision Making Process

By conducting a mid-year review of your discipline data, you can see if your initiatives have helped address the area of needs you identified during the summer.

Let’s look at some examples

Example A

Your team identified Tardies as a behavior of concern on your campus. You can view Tardy data from the Fall Semester 2012, and compare it to the Fall Semester 2013 to see if there is a change.

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If you determine there is a decrease in the number of tardies from last year to the present, celebrate your success, share the information with the staff, and reinforce your plan of action to continue to improve this behavior.

If you were to see an increase in the behavior, examine the following: 

  • Was the plan of action/expectation clear to the staff?
  • Did the staff implement the plan of action?
  • Did the Administration/Leadership team monitor the implementation of the plan?
  • Are there any new factors that may contribute to the rise in incidents of the behavior? (method of reporting, school construction, massive room changes since last year, etc.)

Example B

Based on last year’s data, you determined that 5th Grade had the highest number of Discipline Incidents in your school. Again, compare Fall data from 2012 to Fall data from 2013 to determine if there is an increase, decrease, or maintenance of the number of incidents at each grade level.

In this case, 5th Grade has significantly reduced the total number of Incidents. Again, take the time to share the data with the 5th Grade team and share the other grade level data with the specific grade-level teams. Reward the teams that have experienced success and continue to encourage those that are still experiencing some challenges. Meet with the grade level teams regularly to share successes and concerns — this will allow you to monitor and adjust interventions throughout the school year. The data will help you determine the progress of your interventions.

For those grade levels that are continuing to face challenges, consider the following:

  • Was the plan of action/expectations clear to the staff?
  • Did the staff implement the plan of action?
  • Did the Administration/Leadership team monitor the implementation of the plan?
  • Are there any new factors that may contribute to the rise in incidents of the behavior?  (new teachers, high student mobility rates, new curriculum, etc.)

Discipline is just one factor to consider in examining your mid-year data.  Other data elements to consider are:

  • Student attendance rates
  • Staff attendance rates
  • Consequence data
  • Counseling referral rates
  • Health clinic referrals

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 As you take the mid-year temperature, given the extensive amount of information and the broad spectrum of data elements there are to examine in your school, it is critical to involve various leadership team members in the data gathering and analysis, as well as in the “plan of action” process. Keep up the good work, you will reap the benefits!

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