School Records - Disciplinary Actions

Abstract

School Records: Disciplinary Actions is a 18-item tool used to collect information from school records about disciplinary events for a child during the previous school year. This measure was created for the Fast Track Project as a modification of both the School Archival Records Search (SARS, Walker et al., 1991) and the Sugai-Tobin archival review for kindergarten, elementary, and/or middle school, revised (STAR, Sugai and Tobin, 2001).

This measure collects the date of any event requiring discipline and the corresponding reason for the disciplinary action on that date. Seven items list reason categories: Physical Fighting/Violence, Verbal Harassment, Non-Violent Activity (such as skipping class or defying authority), Weapons Possession, Vandalism/Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Reason Missing. Response choices are "yes (1)" and "no (0)."

A second group of items collect information about the consequences of the event: Low or Medium Consequence, High-Level Consequence, Suspension, Expulsion (denied entrance to school for one month or longer), and Action Missing. For suspension, the number of days is recorded.

A final item asks the person collecting data to rate the completeness of the school record. Responses are: "Clearly incomplete (1), " "Possibly incomplete (2)," and "Complete (3)."

This measure contains no subscales.

For Year 11, t-tests of means of disciplinary events and consequences for the normative and control groups show significant differences for several items: the Total Number of Disciplinary Events, Fighting, Verbal Harassment, Non-Violent Events, and Total Number of Violent Events. Actions that show significant differences are those involving Low Consequences, High Consequences, and Suspension. Chi-square results for Year 11 suggest that a recorded occurrence of one or more disciplinary events can distinguish high-risk from normative students. Depending on the construct under investigation, disciplinary records collected with the Disciplinary Actions tool should be useful to analysts.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: OyP
Scored Dataset Name: DIAySPc

Keywords

Disciplinary Actions, Physical Fighting, Non-Violent Activity, Violence, Verbal Harassment, Weapons Possession, Vandalism, Theft, Controlled Substance Possession, Suspension, Expulsion