According to ESSA Statute, to ensure that all children receive a high quality education, and to close the achievement gap between children meeting the challenging State academic standards and those children who are not meeting such standards, each local education agency plan shall describe how the LEA will support efforts to reduce the overuse of discipline practices that remove students from the classroom, which may include identifying and supporting schools with high rates of discipline, disaggregated by each of the subgroups of students - Section 1112

An eligible school operating a schoolwide program shall develop a comprehensive plan that addresses the needs of all children in the school, but particularly the needs of those at risk of not meeting the challenging State academic standards, through activities which may include:

  • counseling, school-based mental health programs, specialized instructional support services, mentoring services, and strategies to improve students' skills outside the academic subject areas
  • implementation of a school tiered model to prevent and address problem behavior, and early intervening services, coordinated with similar activities and services carried out under IDEA - Section 1114

To assist targeted assistance schools and LEAs to meet their responsibility to provide for all their students served under this part the opportunity to meet the challenging State academic standards, each targeted assistance program shall serve participating students identified as eligible children, including by:

  • using methods and instructional strategies to strengthen the academic program of the school through activities which may include a school tiered model to prevent and address behavior problems, and early intervening services, coordinated with similar activities and services carried out under IDEA - Section 1115

 

Resources

Restorative Discipline Practices in Texas - TEA

Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue - UT School of Social Work

Supporting and Responding to Behavior: Evidence-Based Classroom Strategies for Teachers

School Discipline Data Indicators: A Guide for Districts and Schools - April 2017

Why Restorative Practices Benefit All Students

A Whole School Approach to Behavior Issues

The Collaboration for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

School Suspensions Have Plunged: We Don't Yet Know If That's Good News

What the Heck Is Restorative Justice?

Analyzing Student-Level Disciplinary Data: A Guide for Districts

National Institute of Mental Health

Council for Exceptional Children

TEA: Discipline and School Removals

Association for Positive Behavior Support

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports