"For Georgia’s reform strategies aimed at improving
education to take hold and succeed, students must be engaged and excited about
going to school. School climate is the foundation of a successful school
and positive educational outcomes for all of our students." - Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
The National School Climate Center defines school climate as “the quality and character of school life” that is based on the “patterns of students’, parents’, and school personnel’s experiences of school life.” Research has found that schools with positive school climates tend to have better test scores and graduation rates; in contrast, schools with negative school climates as a result of unsafe or hostile environments tend to have lower academic performance.
A sustainable, positive school climate supports people feeling socially, emotionally and physically safe. In a positive school climate people are engaged and respected. By contrast, disruptive and aggressive behavior such as threats, bullying, teasing and harassment creates a hostile school environment that interferes with academic performance. A hostile school environment fosters increased absenteeism and truancy because students feel unsafe at school. If a child is not physically and mentally in attendance, learning cannot take place.
 National School Climate Center. (2014). School Climate. Retrieved from http://www.schoolclimate.org/climate/.  Thapa, Amrit, Jonathan Cohen, Shawn Guffey, and Ann Higgins-D’Alessandro. 2013. “A Review of School Climate Research.” Review of Educational Research 83(3): 357-385.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. Learn more
Students learn best
when they are in a school in which they feel safe, supported, connected, and
accepted. Research shows that when schools and districts focus on improving
school climate, students are more likely to engage in the curriculum, develop
positive relationships, demonstrate positive behaviors, and progress
academically. Learn more...
In order to address truancy and attendance, as well as school climate, Georgia state law (O.C.G.A. Section 20-2-690.2) now requires that communities and schools work together to address school climate and truancy through the recommendations of their local Student Attendance and School Climate Committee. Learn more...
The School Climate Star Rating is a diagnostic tool within the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) to determine whether a school is on the right path to school improvement. Learn more...
The Georgia Student Health Survey (GSHS) is an anonymous, statewide survey instrument that measures school climate perceptions and identifies safety and health issues that have a negative impact on student achievement and school climate. Learn more
View GSHS results here.
Student absenteeism negatively affects student academic achievment. The Student Attendance webpage provides resources for improving student attendance. Learn more
The Student Discipline webpage provides student discipline data and resources for schools and school districts to report student discipline data accurately and consistently. Learn more
The purpose of the Bullying Prevention Toolkit is to provide information to aid efforts to prevent and respond to bullying. Learn more
Webinars and online training modules are available here.