MSDE has proposed a three-year plan for implementing this accountability system:
1.Phase one is the initial data review focused on data dissemination and information gathering, spanning January through June 2017. During this period, MSDE will disseminate school-level, three-year trend data to local education agencies to assess and analyze suspension trends; as well as provide professional learning on how to interpret that data.
2.Phase two is focused on root cause analysis, spanning July 2017 through June 2018. Schools establish teams to analyze and act upon suspensions data based on identified root causes for disproportionate suspension rates. MSDE plans to provide updated suspensions data to local education agencies in late fall of each year.
3.Finally, phase three begins the full implementation phase, starting in July 2018. Throughout this phased implementation, MSDE will provide professional learning resources to support local education agencies in their pursuits to reduce disproportionality in discipline practices.
Although full implementation of the MSDE accountability system to identify disproportionality in school discipline will not begin until SY2019, HCPSS is committed to identifying the root causes for the current state of disproportionate suspension rates in order to foster an environment that facilitates equitable learning opportunities for all students.
I am requesting the listing of schools that met the MSDE value for disproportionality in school discipline for each year from 2017 to the present, the student group identified for the disproportionality, the risk ratio or disproportionality number, and any documentation of metrics being used to determine effectiveness of the actions being taken to address the root causes of the disproportionality.