An education researcher from the University of Toronto has found that peer mediation programs might improve student achievement and attendance and reduce suspension rates.

A study of 20 Cleveland elementary schools with peer mediation programs between 1997-99 concludes that fourth-grade proficiency test scores rose, attendance increased, and the number of suspensions dropped compared to schools without mediation programs.

"Mediation frees up teachers and administrators to teach by delegating authority to students," said


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