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Study: In 28 Districts, Middle and High School Students Lose More Than a Year of Learning Due to Suspensions

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The study from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA analyzed discipline data from 2015-16 for almost every district in the nation was released yesterday. 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.

Secondary students with disabilities also miss significantly more days because of suspensions than students at the elementary level — 68 compared to 15.

Middle and high school students lose five times the number of instructional days due to out-of-school suspension compared to those in the elementary grades — 37 days per 100 students compared to seven for elementary school students.