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West Virginia Department of Education

The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE), recognizing the need for safe and supportive schools, revised its policy regarding student conduct. The result, "Expected Behaviors in Safe and Supportive Schools" (WVBE Policy 4373, effective July 1, 2012), put forth the behaviors expected of West Virginia's students; the rights and responsibilities of students; a framework for policy implementation at the state, district, and school levels; and descriptions of and corresponding potential interventions and consequences for inappropriate behaviors. The policy additionally sought to bring consistency to the recording of discipline incidents around the state. To monitor statewide progress toward improving conditions for learning and the effectiveness of school climate improvement efforts, the WVDE was charged with drawing upon data collected through the "discipline management system" (DMS) to annually report the rates of occurrence of inappropriate behaviors defined in the revised policy. This report, which covers the 2013-2014 school year, represents the second of these annual reports. Appended are the following: (1) Inappropriate Behaviors by Level of Severity; (2) Inappropriate Behaviors by Category of Behavior; (3) Interventions and Consequences; (4) Discipline Referrals by Level of Severity and Category of Intervention or Consequence; (5) Discipline Referrals by Type of Behavior and Category of Intervention or Consequence; (6) In-School and Out-of-School Suspensions by Behavior; and (7) Discipline Referrals by Student Race/Ethnicity.

Descriptors: School Policy, Student Behavior, Student Rights, Behavior Problems, Intervention, Discipline Policy, Documentation, Progress Monitoring, Educational Environment, Data Collection, Policy Formation, Classification, Suspension, Racial Differences, Ethnic Groups, Disproportionate Representation, School Districts, Counties, Expulsion, At Risk Students, Disabilities, Severity (of Disability)

West Virginia Department of Education. 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305. Tel: 304-558-3660; Fax: 304-558-0198; Web site:

Autor: Whisman, Andy


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