Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Ted


Academic achievement--New Jersey; School discipline--New Jersey


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to improve student behavior and increase student achievement at West Avenue School by developing a discipline plan that would create an orderly and respectful environment. The study involved students in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade during the first marking period of 2003 and 2004 school year. Teacher surveys and discussions were analyzed, and it was evident there was a need for a new discipline plan. Report card grades and discipline referrals, written by the teachers, from the first marking period of 2003 were compared to the report card grades and discipline referrals from the first marking period of the 2004 school year. The report card grades showed an overall increase in student achievement. The ability for a teacher to administer an after school detention was implemented into the discipline plan. The number of discipline referrals decreased dramatically from the first marking period of 2003 to the first marking period of the 2004 school year. The new discipline plan proved to be successful. An increase in achievement occurred for most of the students, and discipline problems declined for the fifth through eighth grade students at West Avenue School.