The Time and Cost of Classroom Behavior Management

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,6
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify the estimated time teachers spend addressing student behavior.
  2. identify the estimated baseline cost of addressing student behavior.
  3. recognize the importance of developing effective and efficient interventions to improve student functioning.


Managing behavior is both time-consuming and costly to teachers and school districts. This study was conducted to understand the financial costs of managing classroom behavior. Data were collected during baseline from 186 elementary students and their teachers participating in a large randomized control trial of a problem-solving consultative intervention. Results indicate that teachers spend a substantial amount of time addressing student behavior at a significant financial cost (i.e., over $2 billion annually).



Matthew J. Gormley, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Rebecca A. Overfield, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Cassidy Spradlin, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Lauren Scanlan, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Susan M. Sheridan

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