Research Report

Evaluating School Climate and Discipline: Tools for Parents, Schools, and Policymakers

Student discipline and school climate have entered the national discourse in recent years, catalyzed, in large part, by data on racial disparities in suspension and expulsion rates. In this brief, we examine the school climate and discipline landscape and the availability of information on these issues for parents and public actors. Based on our analysis of available data and examination of gaps in reporting, we recommend that school districts improve their tracking and reporting of school climate information, use national data measures to refine school level reporting, and monitor the impact of school discipline and school climate data publication on schools and parents.