Schools are implementing some programs such as B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S., and Barons Reaching Academic Goals (BRAG) that have been successful in improving the academic success of the students that participate. How is staff coordinating with schools that are implementing successful programs to ensure that best practices are shared with other schools?
The School Cops software is a program which allows schools to track and record a variety of information in a database relating to school incidents, student behavior, victims, and suspects. The program also records specific details on the time and date of incidents. Furthermore, it has the capability of producing several types of reports for analysis, which may include line graphs, bar charts, and pie charts. Ten years ago, school districts were provided the software at no cost by the U.S. Department of Education.
Many schools in MCPS are using the School Cops software program but have reported that the software is outdated, difficult to use, and time consuming. Schools also have reported problems with purging old data and sorting the data by incidents. The Department of School Safety and Security will research available user-friendly software that MCPS may want to consider using in the future.