A Brief Look at How School Climate Distinguishes Schools That Are Beating the Achievement Odds

Feb 01, 2014
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Amid a national education conversation fraught with themes of dropout factories and achievement gaps, educators, researchers, and policymakers are striving to identify factors that characterizesuccessful public schools. A growing body of research suggests that school climate may be an important variable in explaining why some schools are more successful than others. School climateincludes such factors as a school's order; safety and discipline; supports for teaching and learning; personal and social relationships; and, school connectedness.