RPS 205 reports 8-year low in suspensions

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- According to a student discipline report from the Illinois State Board of Education, out-of-school suspensions in Rockford have dropped 65% as well as a nearly 49% decrease in the number of students suspended.

The school district says in the 2008-09 school year the number of incidents that led to suspensions was 18,690 with 5,626 students receiving those suspensions. That number has dropped to 6,576 suspensions in the 2016-17 school year from 2,885 students.

Responding to the latest report Deputy Superintendent Matt Vosberg says "our data show we are excelling at improving the learning environment for our students. If you visit our schools, that reaffirms the data".

The school district believes several factors have led to the drop in suspensions. That includes:
- Parent involvement
- Quality instruction
- Monitoring transitions in the hallways and cafeteria
- Continuing to engage students in our high school academies
- Increased participation in extracurricular activities
- Better training of building-level administrators
- Expanded alternative learning opportunities
- Twice-yearly Climate and Culture visits for all secondary schools