Study: In 28 districts, students lose more than a year of learning due to suspensions

By: | October 12, 2020

In 28 districts across the U.S., students in middle and high school lost more than a year of learning due to suspensions, according to a new study.

The study from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA analyzed discipline data from 2015-16 for almost every district in the nation. The most extreme losses ranged from 183 days in Edgecombe County Public Schools in North Carolina to 416 days in Grand Rapids Public Schools in Michigan.

The study also shows that while the racial gap among secondary school students at risk for suspension has narrowed since 2009-10, Black students still miss almost two-thirds of a school year of instruction for discipline reasons — 103 days per 100 students, compared to 21 days for white students.

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