Significant Disproportionality

GAO Report: Disciplining of Students with Disabilities Disproportional April 2018

by Sandy Shacklady-White

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently-released report to congressional requesters, K-12 EDUCATION: Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities found black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionality disciplined (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools. The GAO analyzed the Department of Education national civil rights data for school year 2013-2014. Disparities were widespread and persisted regardless of the type of disciplinary action, level of school poverty, or type of public school attended. The GAO looked at patterns of out-of-school and in-school suspensions, expulsions, referrals to law enforcement, school-related arrests, and corporal punishment.
The GAO report can be found at: https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-258

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