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Research Brief Describes the Effectiveness of School Discipline Policies

April 12, 2011

A recently published research brief by Child Trends, "Multiple Responses, Promising Results: Evidence-Based, Nonpunitive Alternatives To Zero Tolerance," suggests that zero tolerance school discipline policies have not been proven effective by research and may have negative effects, making students more likely to drop out and less likely to graduate on time. Instead, the brief recommends the use of nonpunitive disciplinary action, such as behavior interventions, social skills classes, and character education.

The brief is free and available online.

Resources:

To read the brief, visit:
http://www.childtrends.org/Files//Child_Tr ends-2011_03_01_RB_AltToZeroTolerance.pdf.

 

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