The Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles
Keeping California's Kids in School
- Author(s): Losen, Daniel J
- Martinez, Tia E
- Okelola, Valerie
- et al.
Recently the California Department of Education released new data on school discipline. This report compares this year’s data release covering 2012-13 to the data released last year covering 2011-12. We find a reduction in the use of out-of-school suspension for every racial/ethnic group. Specifically, based on the statewide averages for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, progress was made for every racial/ethnic subgroup toward reducing the rate of out-of-school suspensions (OSS) per 100 students enrolled from the prior year.
The reduction in state averages suggest that some progress has been made toward reducing the reliance on out-of- school suspensions and the racial gap in disciplinary exclusion is narrowing in California. This report only provides a summary of some of the more significant state and district level improvements.