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An Evaluation of a Statewide Approach to the Prevention and Intervention of Violence using School Threat Assessment Teams

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $852,868)

This study examines the newly mandated Texas-wide model of behavioral threat assessment training in high schools on student disciplinary and behavioral outcomes. The training is being conducted by the State School Safety Center (SSSC). It will include a process evaluation that includes document review, training observations, and a series of focus groups with training participants. The quasi-experimental impact
study involves a matched comparison group of 50 high schools trained in the behavioral threat assessment model as of August 2021 and 50 high schools that will receive training after the outcome period. The impact study relies on administrative data available through Texas Education Agency.
Outcomes include exclusionary discipline, serious behavioral issues (e.g., violence, bullying), and student achievement. Finally, it will include multi-site case study to examine treatment schools within the 90th percentile for outcomes to document how the model is implemented at these schools. Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law, and complies with Part 200 Uniform Requirements - 2 CFR 200.210(a)(14). CA/NCF

Date Created: September 16, 2020