School ODR Reduction Outpaces National Average

posted Feb 3, 2011, 8:29 AM by Cheryle Kennelly

McCleery Elementary School, West Aurora SD 129, experienced a large decrease in major office discipline referrals (ODRs) during the last year. The school had 468 major ODRs in 2007-08 and 254 in 2008-09 (a 45.7% reduction). McCleery has also shown a larger decrease than the national average in major ODRs per 100 students per day. The national average went from .35 in 2007-08 to .34 in 2008-09, a 2.9% decrease, while McCleery had a rate of .39 in 2007-08 and decreased to .22 in 2008-09, a reduction of 43.6%.

This trend has continued in the current school year, with McCleery having a rate of .18 major ODRs per 100 students per day for the first quarter (August 1 through November 30, 2009). The principal of McCleery, Cherie Esposito, attributes their success to a strong universal team that uses their discipline data to identify problem behaviors, teach, re-teach, and reinforce appropriate behaviors.