An Education Week analysis of data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education found that some schools suspended or expelled all or nearly all students without disabilities at least once during the 2009-10 school year, while others rarely used these forms of discipline. Read related story, "Suspension, Expulsion Data Cast Harsh Light on Some Schools".
Note: Data on suspensions and expulsions include only students without disabilities. Schools with obvious data-entry errors—specifically, those with results that showed they suspended or expelled more students than they enrolled—were excluded.
The U.S. Department of Education's overall data set includes 42 million students in about 72,000 schools. Black students were overrepresented in disciplinary actions schools took in the 2009-10 school year.
An Education Week analysis of data reported to the U.S. Department of Education found that these schools had the highest proportions of students suspended or expelled in the 2009-10 school year. The analysis looked at schools with at least 300 students. You can also search and view all available data.
* When contacted by Education Week, spokesmen for the Hartford, Conn., school district and the Adams 12 Five Star school system in Colorado expressed substantial questions about the validity of data the districts submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. They had not formally sought changes from the Education Department as of press time in early December.
** Westside Middle was a Memphis district school in 2009-10. In 2012, it became a part of the Achievement School District in Tennessee.
*** After learning of the ranking of Northwestern High School, the Maple, Wis., school district said it discovered a reporting error in its data provided to the office for civil rights and was working to correct the data. The North Carolina Department of Education said that Madison Middle School provided incorrect data to the OCR and was working to correct the data. The Texas Education Agency said it found that all of the data submitted to the office for civil rights by the Lampasas school district was incorrect and it was working to correct the data.
SOURCE: Education Week analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Education office for civil rights
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