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Report Addresses Suspension and Expulsion Patterns in Schools

May 19, 2014

Suspension and Expulsion Patterns in Six Oregon School  DistrictsThe Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest has released "Suspension and Expulsion Patterns in Six Oregon School Districts." This study highlights student exclusionary patterns in urban school districts in Oregon during the 2011-12 school year. The study examines exclusionary discipline by grade, gender, race/ethnicity, and special education status. Key findings include:

  • The percentage of students receiving exclusionary discipline was 2.5 times higher for male students than for female students. The percentage was higher for American Indian, Black, Hispanic, and multiracial students.
  • The most common reasons for suspension and expulsion were physical and verbal aggression and insubordination/disruption.
  • Nearly 40 percent of students who were suspended received more than one suspension.

REL Northwest is part of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.


View and download the full report.