A chart showing good behaviors of students

How Our High-Poverty School Reduced Suspensions By 97%


School leaders created an environment that would yield better social, emotional, and academic outcomes for students

Student behavior can have a positive or negative impact on academic achievement. Even just one student who is misbehaving can affect how much and how well an entire class is learning.

When we arrived at Betty Best Elementary in Houston in the summer of 2014 and dug into the school’s data, we saw there were 627 office referrals during the previous year. The problem was that there was no information behind
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