The School Discipline Survey: Students

Introduction

We are interested in the types of punishment that students are receiving in their schools. This survey will ask about how your school handles discipline and punishment and your own experiences with discipline in school. By doing this study we hope to learn about school discipline practices in Texas. Please read the information below before taking the survey. 

What will you do?

If you participate in this study, you will be asked to complete one 20-minute survey about your experiences with school discipline in Texas schools. We are asking youth, parents, and educators all across Texas about their experiences with discipline in schools. 

What are the possible risks and benefits involved in this study?


There are no foreseeable risks to participating in this study, nor will you receive any direct benefits from your participation. Data obtained from the survey may help Texas Appleseed, Easterseals, and Disability Rights Texas develop more effective discipline policies in K-12 schools across Texas.

What if you do not want to participate?

Your participation in this survey is entirely voluntary. You do not have to take the survey if you do not want to and you can skip any questions you want. You can decide not to participate or withdraw from the survey at any time. Even if you initially agree to be in the study, you can change your mind later without penalty. If you decide to withdraw, your data will not be included in the study. 

How will we use your response?

Your responses are anonymous and private - meaning that no one will know your response to our survey. We will not tell your individual response to anyone. Once the study is completed, we will write an evaluation about how all participants responded. The evaluation will be used in a report on the state of discipline in Texas. 

How will my privacy and confidentiality be protected if I participate in this study? 

Our staff will protect your privacy and confidentiality of your data by assigning each participant an anonymous study ID number. All information collected from you will be stored under anonymous study ID numbers in secure files. No information about any individual will ever be disclosed to the public. Once the study is completed, we will write an evaluation looking at how all participants responded. 

Who should I contact with questions about the study?

Prior to, during, or after your participation in the study, you may contact Ellen Stone, the research supervisor, with questions or comments: estone@texasappleseed.net or (512) 473-2800 ext. 117

For more information about our organizations, visit www.texasappleseed.org, www.easterseals.com/centraltx, and www.disabilityrightstx.org.

* 1. You need to have a parent or guardian agree to you taking this survey. Do you have permission from  your parent or guardian to take this survey? 

* 2. Do you want to take this survey? If you click "yes", you will be directed to the survey. Remember, you do not have to take the survey if you do not want to and you can skip any questions you want. 

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