Link Suspension, Achievement Gap

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Washington Post

Dec 29, 1:00 AM

In Washington area, African American students suspended and expelled two to five times as often as whites

Across the Washington area, black students are suspended and expelled two to five times as often as white students, creating disparities in discipline that experts say reflect a growing national problem. Experts say disparities arise from an array of issues. They may be driven by unconscious bias or unequal access to teachers who do better engaging students in learning and managing behavior problems when they occur. The leaders of a school system — or of an individual school — strongly influence how often suspensions are meted out.

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Dec 29, 5:52 AM:

Black students in the Washington DC-area suspended more often than white students. Only slight hint that achievement gap could play a role here. Classroom management only goes so far when students act out because they can't read.

 

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