Recovered Behavior

Behavior Standards

Behavior Standards

Behavior Standards Policy

MPS has engaged more than 1,000 students, families and staff to develop the MPS Behavior Standards Policy to reduce suspensions and out-of-class time, especially for African American males and students receiving special education services. Students cannot learn if they are not in school.

The rate at which students of color—especially African-American males—are suspended and disciplined in MPS is alarming. In the 2013-2014 school year, 1 in 10 African-American males in MPS were suspended versus 1 in 82 white males. Current practices and policy have had an adverse impact on students and our ability to close the achievement gap.

The Behavior Standards Policy provides a vision for a change in practice: We must set high expectations for staff members to engage and help students reach behavior expectations. Staff must set clear and high expectations, define consistent responses and find alternatives to suspensions, especially in early grades.

Data on MPS suspension and referral rates are now available

Mission: To support all schools as the Unit of Change by developing positive engagement and equitable  discipline practices for the academic and social success of all children.

Vision: Our engagement practices, culturally relevant instruction and beneficial partnerships will give all students, families, staff and community members the opportunity to holistically support and enjoy a positive school-wide experience.  


  • Provide effective positive school-wide engagement professional development and training to support staff growth and development.
  • Create school-wide systems that maximize all resources to support student and teacher success in positive school-wide engagement.
  • Create capacity within each school to embed positive school-wide engagement in daily practices.
  • Create an evaluation system to track positive school-wide engagement progress for BST, staff, student, school and district level goals.
  • Provide training for equitable and appropriate discipline practices for all students to increase positive learning opportunities.
  • Support schools in providing opportunities for student, staff, family and community to address and engage in discipline practices.