Government Accountability Office

Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities

Posted on April 16, 2018

Black students, boys, and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools, according to GAO’s analysis of Department of Education (Education) national civil rights data for school year 2013-14, the most recent available. These disparities were widespread and persisted regardless of the type of disciplinary action, level of school poverty, or type of public school attended. For example, Black students accounted for 15.5 percent of all public school students, but represented about 39 percent of students suspended from school—an over-representation of about 23 percentage points.

https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-258


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