PARCC test results released today show that Baltimore City Schools had the region’s biggest increases, even as suspension rates have plummeted.
“These results debunk the myth that suspension reductions result in chaotic schools in which children can’t learn,” says Karen Webber, director of OSI-Baltimore’s Education and Youth Development program, which has made working with Baltimore City Schools to reduce suspensions and improve school climate a priority for the last several years. “Dr. Santelises deserves tremendous credit for emphasizing teaching, learning and supporting the whole child.”
This news comes weeks after a youth-administered survey of students found that 84% now feel school police are approachable and 70% agree that school police contribute positively to school climate and make them feel safe.