1 WVEIS Discipline Reporting & Management System Andy Whisman, Ph.D.WVDE Office of ResearchJune 23, 2011
2 Objectives Describe proposed changes to the current system More importantly, get input …
3 The ConceptTransform the current discipline Reporting system to a discipline Management systemShift to reporting Incidents then connecting Individuals to those incidentsExpand information Collection and Reporting Capabilities to be more useful
4 Why #1: School ClimateReinforcing appropriate behavior and preventing discipline problems are important to ensuring a positive and supportive school climate
7 Why is School Climate Important? Some students experience barriers to learning (social, economic, health) that even the best instruction cannot overcome (Adelman & Taylor, 2000; Osher, Dwyer, & Jackson, 2004).Source: Osher & Weissberg safesupportiveschools.ed.gov
8 Why is School Climate Important? …It is imperative that the state shift the focus from merely compelling students to attend school to instead providing vibrant and engaging programs that … inspire students…Source: § The High School Graduation Improvement Act.
9 Why #2: Legislative expansion of harassment/ intimidation/bullying…and reporting requirements? Clinical Definition: Bullying occurs when a person is exposed repeatedly and over time to negative actions on the part of one or more persons… bullying has four elements:(a) an imbalance of power (physical, intellectual, or emotional)(b) the action is repeated over time,(c) the action is intentional, and(d) there is an unequal display of emotion (Olweus, 1993).Legislative Definition: "Harassment, intimidation or bullying" means any intentional gesture, or any intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, communication, transmission or threat that:(a) a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of any one or more of the following:(1) physically harming a student;(2) damaging a student's property;(3) placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person; or(4) placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to his or her property; or(b) is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or emotionally abusive educational environment for a student; or(c) disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school.
10 Why #2: Legislative expansion of harassment/ intimidation/bullying…and reporting requirements? Legislative Reporting Requirement: …A requirement that each county board shall input into [WVEIS] and compile an annual report regarding the means of harassment, intimidation or bullying that have been reported to them, and the reasons therefore, if known. The West Virginia Department of Education shall compile the information and report it annually beginning July 1, 2012, to the Legislative Oversight Committee on Education Accountability.
12 Step 1: Specify the Incident (Refer to Handout) District/SchoolDate and Time of Day the incident took placeType of Incidentoverall, what was the nature of the incident?Location the incident took placeNumber Students and/or Staff Involved
13 Step 2: Provide Information for Each Person Involved Identify the PersonIEP Status (for students involved)Discipline Offense CodeThis may be different for each person involved.Propose new codes to identify targets/victims/innocent bystandersWas it Bullying?????How Severe was the offense?What was the persons MotivationNumber Students and/or Staff Involved
14 Step 2: Provide Information for Each Person Involved (Cont’) Who dealt with the offense for this personDisposition – what was the response to the offense for this person?This may be different for each person involved.Propose new codes to expand current list of disposition codesIf response is suspension/expulsion, for How Many Days?
15 Step 3: Use the Data— Reports, Charts, Crosstabs Number and/or Average Incidents per Day/Month/Year/etc.Number and/or Average Students per Incident.Incidents and/or Discipline Reports byProblem BehaviorLocation.Time of dayStudentStaff/TeacherEtc…