Q: Why might my school or district be interested in a product like SCOC-STATE?

A: Virtually any student conduct problem has the potential to impact campus safety or school climate at any time. Indicators of the potential need to develop or update a student code of conduct include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Persistent designation as an “underperforming” or “non- performing” school or district by the state department of education
  • Difficulty achieving year-over-year student achievement gains
  • Large numbers of discipline-related grievances as compared to peer schools or districts
  • Excessive allegations of inconsistent, inequitable, or unreasonable student discipline
  • Identification of exclusionary or other high risk disciplinary practices

Q: Aren’t state statutes, board policies, and student handbooks enough?

A: Rarely. While it is clearly important to incorporate all of these sources of authority in any student code of conduct, no single source document provides the level of procedural detail needed to effectively and defensibly manage all types of behavior management issues. Student handbooks are often inconsistent between schools within the same institution and address multiple school-related concerns and rarely provide the procedural specificity needed to effectively and defensibly manage student behavior. As a best practice, each of these should be informed by the student code of conduct.

Q: Why choose SCOC-STATE?

A: As a national leader in the school reform process, UpSlope Solutions has partnered with nearly 800 school districts in their efforts to put accountability related research into practice since 2004.