Independence Middle recognized at VDOE Education Equity Summer Institute

At its Education Equity Summer Institute, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recognized select schools for their achievements in reducing disproportionality in disciplinary action incident rates for students. Independence Middle School was one of seven schools in Virginia recognized for its reduction in levels of disproportionality in out of school suspensions (OSS) for students with disabilities.

For the Education Equity Summer Institute recognitions, the VDOE reviewed end-of-year data for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years submitted by schools in Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) divisions. The analysis of Independence Middle’s data showed a reduction in disproportionality from a high to a low level, showing the progress being made through the use of proactive practices at the school to help address behavior before it becomes disruptive.

“Our schools are successfully using systems of interventions and supports to teach and reinforce positive behavior, keeping students in the classroom for daily learning with their teachers and peers,” said Dr. Aaron Spence, Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools. “The collaboration among our teachers and administrators to monitor behavioral progress, differentiate supports based on individual student needs and maintain strong relationships with students help to reduce more serious behavior problems and foster a positive climate for learning for all students.”

The Education Equity Summer Institute is offered by the VDOE in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education. For more information about this third annual conference, visit the institute’s website.

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