Implementing Restorative practices has the potential to improve academic outcomes. One case study shows that 6th-grade students who participated in a restorative program for one year witnessed an 11% boost in statewide reading passage rates and a 13% rise in math scores.
Furthermore, it’s noteworthy that Black, Latino/a, economically disadvantaged students, and those receiving special education services all showcased strong improvements. Another examination of schools in Oakland that adopted restorative practices highlighted remarkable findings: reading levels in these schools surged by 128% (compared to a modest 11% in schools without restorative practices), 4-year graduation rates rose by 60% (as opposed to 7%), and high school dropout rates plummeted by 56% (compared to a decrease of 17% in other schools). Additionally, a study observed that students who were more exposed to restorative practices typically had higher GPAs across various racial groups.
Restorative practices in schools prioritize positive relationships and conflict resolution over punitive measures. When students feel understood and connected, they’re more engaged and motivated academically. Traditional disciplinary actions can disconnect students from their education, while restorative approaches ensure they remain in a conducive learning environment. By addressing behavioral root causes, students stay on track academically and develop essential life skills. Implementing restorative practices can thus directly elevate academic achievement by fostering a more supportive and effective learning atmosphere.
At Restorative Schools Maryland, we’re committed to ensuring that each of Maryland’s 1400 schools becomes a Restorative School to help each of Maryland’s children fulfill his or her potential.