Elementary Schools Increase Time for Learning

posted Mar 25, 2014, 1:55 PM by Michelle Grimms   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 7:17 AM by Unknown user ]

One of the most important goals of reducing problem behaviors is to increase students' time engaged in instructional activities. The examples below show reductions in office discipline referrals (ODRs) and out of school suspensions (OSSs) and the impact those reductions have on gains in instructional time. The amount of instructional time gained was calculated using the discipline data from 166 Illinois elementary schools implementing PBIS. Using a seven hour instructional day, students in these elementary schools saw an increase of 372 days of instructional time by decreasing the rate of ODRs from 2011-12 to 2012-13. During this time period, students gained 1,185 days of instruction related to decreases in OSSs. Gains in instructional time were made by both students with and without disabilities.