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Department of Education Releases Data Snapshot on Disparities in School Discipline

April 3, 2014

Department of Education The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has released “Civil Rights Data Collection: Data Snapshot (School Discipline).” This issue brief provides analysis of data from public schools nationwide that show disparities in how students—beginning in preschool—are disciplined based on their race/ethnicity, gender, and disability status. Data reveal that African American students, especially males; American Indian/Alaska Native students; and students with disabilities disproportionately face the most extreme forms of discipline and excluding increasing numbers of these students from the classroom causes them to lose instructional time.


Access the school discipline guidance package developed by the Departments of Justice and Education to improve school climate, policies, and practices.

Read more about the Supportive School Discipline Initiative.