Corporal Punishment in Arkansas Public Schools, 1999-2000
(Referencing the Arkansas Department of Education Annual "Report Card", Spring, 2001)
 
 
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Arkansas teachers failed to use their heads instead of a board 62,215 times in 99-00.
  • That much paddling would represent 13.8% (1 in 7) of the public school children in attendance that year. 
  • Arkansas educators hit more students than do the teachers in 43 other states combined. 
  • These acts violate the principle of non-violent conflict resolution 14 times the national rate.
An African American child was the target in nearly 40 out of every 100 paddlings.
  • Fewer than 25 out of every 100 children attending our public schools are African American. 
  • Institutional paddling, for which there is no formal training, is predominantly a Southern phenomenon..
In 20 out of every 100 times children were intentionally hurt in the name of discipline, the students were identified as "special education" and entitled by law to receive unique learning assistance.
  • Neither special nor unique, corporal punishment is inflicted disproportionately upon this group.
  • The students' gains, as positive correlates of this treatment, were unmeasured anywhere within the ADE's "Report Card" and they are likewise undocumented, literally, anywhere the researcher or policy maker may look.
   
 Most will find the chart below to be sufficient reference.  Others, wanting more detail, may examine the data as reported by the ADE. (click here).

 
 


Paddling as a Risk Factor of Enrollment in Arkansas Public Schools, 1999-2000 School Year
 
 
Asian/ 
African   Hispanic  Native 
 White 
Total 
Pacific Isl.   American  American    Enrollment
 
a Enrollment (by ethnicity), October 1999 3,827 105,674 13,636 2,096  325,394  450,627 
 
Enrollment (by ethnicity), as a percentage 
of total enrollment (a / 450,627
0.85% 23.45% 3.03% 0.47% 72.21%
 
Paddlings; "Regular" class 99 19,259 698 176 29,436 49,668
 
Paddlings; "Special Ed." 9 4,616 117 28 7,777 12,547
 
b Corporal punishment (by Ethnicity), 1999-2000  108 23,875 815 204 37,213 62,215
 
Paddlings, as a percentage 
of enrollment (b / a
2.82% 22.59% 5.98% 9.73% 11.44% 13.81%
 
Paddlngs, as a percentage 
of total corporal punishment (b / 62,215
0.17% 38.37% 1.31% 0.33% 59.81%


 
   How did the school or school district you are interested in perform last year.  ( click here). 
 
  Acknowledgements:
  •   James Boardman, Assistant Director  for  Information and Technology, Arkansas Department of Education, coordinated the State Information System (SIS) queries that generated the raw data reports analized by NeverHitAChild.ORG.  His "section" is responsible for providing accurate, timely information and appropriate, viable technology in support of the functions of the ADE.   One of his primary responsibilities is to analyze data and produce informational reports for policy makers, educators, business and industry leaders, and the general public ( email: jboardman@arkedu.k12.ar.us or phone:  501- 682-4239 ).
  •   Robert Fathman, Ph.D., President, National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools, provided encouragment and editorial assistance.
  •   Jordan Riak, Executive Director, Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education, helped relate the significance of the statistics to the multidimensional risks for children and the liability risks for school districts ( click here ).
  •   The National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools provides school corporal punishment statistical data at their web site.  ( click here ).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 

Arkansas Dept. of Education Corporal Punishment Data, 1999-2000

February and April, 2001

The data we have secured from the Arkansas Department of Education is contained in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets converted from data base queries of tables built from individually submitted public school reports.  A fairly recent version of Internet Explorer will open these files (suffix "xls") within your browser by using spreadsheet software installed on your computer (MS Excel, on our machine, looks best with IE's "Favorites" window closed).  The Netscape browser, however, may only offer you the opportunity to save the file to your own hard drive, to be opened later with your spreadsheet program.  We do not expect Netscape to open the file(s) within your Netscape browser window.  If you want to examine the files and you are unable to retrieve them from our web site, just write us and we will attach the file(s) to an email reply to you.  Please also write to us if there is any other assistance we might provide.  Address your messages to:, describe your interest and be sure to make "NHAC.ORG" the subject.

The ADE spreadsheet files are described below, where we've included links to the them. Click your mouse where the file title is highlighted and prepare to wait a while for the larger files (note "Size").  It is interesting to compare the corporal punishment figures with performance at the corresponding schools, noting any influence on the school district and/or county performance data in the published parts of the ADE "Report Card".



 
 
School LEA School Name Grade AF AM BF BM HF HM NF NM WF WM
TOTAL
 
01-01-001 Southside Elementary
01
0
0
8
4
0
1
0
0
36
33
82
01-01-001 Southside Elementary
02
0
0
4
9
0
0
0
0
47
38
98
01-01-001 Southside Elementary  
03
 
0
 
0
 
11
 
9
 
1
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
35
 
28
 
84
01-01-001 Southside Elementary  
K
 
0
 
0
 
1
 
7
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
32
 
34
 
74
01-01-002 Westside Elementary  
04
 
0
 
1
 
14
 
8
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
32
 
32
 
87
01-01-002 Westside Elementary  
05
 
0
 
0
 
7
 
9
 
1
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
44
 
40
 
101
01-01-003 DeWitt Middle  
06
 
0
 
0
 
7
 
13
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
42
 
43
 
105
 
01-01-003 DeWitt Middle  
07
 
0
 
0
 
7
 
7
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
39
 
39
 
92
 
01-01-003 DeWitt Middle  
08
 
0
 
0
 
6
 
4
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
41
 
50
 
101
 
01-01-004 DeWitt High  
09
 
0
 
0
 
7
 
11
 
0
 
1
 
0
 
0
 
32
 
38
 
89
 
01-01-004  DeWitt High  
10
 
0
 
0
 
4
 
6
 
0
 
1
 
0
 
0
 
38
 
47
 
96
 
01-01-004 DeWitt High  
11
 
0
 
0
 
6
 
7
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
31
 
23
 
67
 
01-01-004 DeWitt High  
12
 
0
 
0
 
6
 
7
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
41
 
37
 
91
 
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School LEA School Name CLASS AF AM BF BM HF HM NF NM WF WM
TOTAL
01-01-001 Southside Elementary
RG
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
7
14
01-01-002 Westside Elementary  
RG
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
1
 
1
 
2
01-01-002 Westside Elementary  
SP
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
2
 
2
 
01-01-003 DeWitt Middle  
SP
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
2
 
1
 
3
 
01-01-003 DeWitt Middle  
RG
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
5
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
1
 
13
 
19
 
01-01-004 DeWitt High  
RG
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
4
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
0
 
6
 
10
 
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  • 1999-2000 "Special Education" Corporal Punishment, Sorted by County, then School District, and reported by type of Class ("Regular" or "Special Education") and by Ethnic/Racial Group and Gender: DistCorpPunClass2.xls.  Size = 189 KB. The data tables, as they were created by the ADE, do not list schools or school districts where paddling is banned or where no data was reported by the school(s).  The file resembles the following example, excerpted from the top of the sheet for illustration only.
  •  
    County School Dist.
    CLASS
    AF
    AM
    BF
    BM
    HF
    HM
    NF
    NM
    WF
    WM
    TOTAL
    ARKANSAS DEWITT
     RG 
    0
    0
    0
    16
    0
    0
    0
    0
    27 
    45
    DEWITT
     SP 
    0
    0
     
    0
    0
     
    0
     
     
     
    5
     
    GILLETT
    RG
    0
    0
    1
    8
    0
    0
    0
    0
    0
    28
    37
     
        GILLETT
    SP
    0
    0
     
    0
    2
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    4
     
    6
     
        HUMPHREY
    RG
    0
    0
     
    0
    17
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    15
     
    32
     
        HUMPHREY
    SP
    0
    0
     
    0
    4
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    0
     
    4
     
        STUTTGART
    RG
    0
    1
     
    44
    134
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    0
     
    23
    75
     
    277
     
        STUTTGART
    SP
    0
    0
     
    5
    17
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    11
     
    33
     
    ASHLEY   CROSSETT
    RG
    0
    0
     
    31
    120
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    0
     
    13
    117
     
    281
     
        CROSSETT
    SP
    0
    0
     
    0
    18
     
    0
    0
     
    0
    0
     
    5
    10
     
    33
     
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  • 1999-2000 Disorderly and Insubordinate Corporal Punishment, Sorted by School District and reported by Reason for the corporal punishment (Conduct, Insubordination, "Other") and by Ethnic/Racial Group and Gender: DistCorPunByReason1.xls.   Size = 365 KB.  The data tables, as they were created by the ADE, do not list schools or school districts where paddling is banned or where no data was reported by the school(s).  The file resembles the following example, excerpted from the top of the sheet for illustration only.
  •  
    School Dist. Code CP INFRACTION AF AM BF BM HF HM NF NM WF WM
    TOTAL
    DEWITT
    14
    INSUBORDINATION  
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    7
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    4
     
    10
     
    21
    DEWITT
     15
    DISORDERLY CONDUCT  
    0
     
     0
     
    0
     
     6
     
     0
     
     0
     
     0
     
     0
     
     0
     
     8
     
     14
    DEWITT
     99
    OTHER  
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    3
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    12
     
    15
    DOLLARWAY
    14
    INSUBORDINATION  
    3
     
    0
     
    29
     
    100
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    3
     
     
    144
    DOLLARWAY
    15
    DISORDERLY CONDUCT  
    2
     
    0
     
    116
     
    384
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    7
     
    38
     
    547
    DOLLARWAY
    99
    OTHER
    0
     
    0
     
    24
     
    158
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    0
     
    11
     
    17
     
    210
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  • 1999-2000 School Corporal Punishment, sorted by LEA number, County, School District, School Name, and reported by type of Class ("Regular" or "Special Education") and by Ethnic/Racial Group and Gender: SchCP_Class2.xls.  Size = 547 KB.  The following file utilizes the assets of several of the original ADE files.  It is an independent adaptation of the source ADE files, which we enhanced for more flexibility in sorting and computational options.  Size = 524 KB.  The file resembles the following example, excerpted from the top of the sheet for illustration only.
  •  
    LEA County District. School
    School
    CP Totals
    School
    Enrollmnt
    School CP
    per Enrollment
    District
    CP TotaL
    County
    CP Total
    01-01-001 ARKANSAS DEWITT Southside Elem
    14
    338
    4.14%
    50
    439
    01-01-002 Westside Elem  
    4
    188
    2.13%
    01-01-003 DeWitt Middle  
     22
    298
    7.38%
    01-01-004 DeWitt High  
     10
    343
    2.92%
    ------ ------ ---- --- ---
    --
    ---
    -----
    ---
    ----
    14-06-026 COLUMBIA WALDO Waldo Elementary
     687
    236
    291.10%
    840
    1769
    18-01-003 CRITTENDEN CRAWFORDSVILLE Crawfordsville High
    217
    129
    168.22%
    255
    2028
    35-02-008 JEFFERSON DOLLARWAY Townsend Park Elem.
    451
    241
    187.14%
    901
    2201
    43-02-018 LONOKE ENGLAND  England High
    1306
    487
    268.17%
    47-13-049 MISSISSIPPI OSCEOLA Osceola Middle
    446
    265
    168.30%
    55-01-002 PIKE DELIGHT Delight High
    310
    168
    184.52%
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