Raising the Bar: A Change in School Culture Boosts Student Achievement

By Dawn Love Principal, November/December 2016 Research shows that the amount of time students spend engaging in instruction is highly correlated with academic achievement. So, when a student receives a discipline referral and is sent to the principal’s office, that student is losing valuable learning time. When I became principal of Lowery Elementary School in 2013, our rural, high-poverty school had just received an F from the state of Louisiana. I knew that student behavior was impeding learning, but I didn’t know how much until I dug into the data.

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