by members of the Tennessee General Assembly, this report examines the use of
corporal punishment in Tennessee, including an analysis of its use for students
with disabilities. Researchers examined federal and state laws, local school
board policies, interviewed school and district personnel, surveyed principals
and directors of schools, and analyzed available data on corporal punishment
Analysis of the
available data on corporal punishment use found that students with disabilities
received corporal punishment at a higher statewide rate than students without
disabilities for two of the three most recent reporting years. The number of
students with disabilities in Tennessee receiving corporal punishment declined
from 2009-10 to 2013-14, by about 7 percent. In comparison, the number of
students without disabilities receiving corporal punishment declined by about
46 percent across the same time frame. Of the schools that used corporal
punishment for students with and without disabilities, about 80 percent used
corporal punishment at a higher rate for students with disabilities in all
three reporting years.
includes policy considerations for the General Assembly and school leaders.
OREA has also created a supplemental appendix of all schools that reported
using corporal punishment in one or more of the last three reporting years,
including the number of students with and without disabilities who received
corporal punishment and the corresponding rates of use.