Masters Thesis

The effects of a Focus Intervention Room program on school suspension rates

In an effort to evaluate alternative discipline practices and reduce school suspensions, an opportunity to implement a Focus Intervention Room program for the first time was made available at the school that was selected for this study. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a Focus Intervention Room program on student suspension rates comparing the same students during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic school year at a middle school located in California’s Central Valley. The results of a paired sample t-test analysis indicate no significant change in the rate (class periods) of suspensions among the same group of students one year after the implementation of the Focus Intervention Room program. However, two students in the group were suspended an exceptionally high number of periods during the two-year period and left the middle school prior to the conclusion of this study. When the data of the two outliers were removed, the analysis showed a significant change (< .05) in the rate (class periods) of suspensions among the same group of students one year after the implementation of the Focus Intervention Room program.

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