Online database tracks state, national school suspension rates by district

Suspension rates for elementary and high school students in most districts in the state, and in much of the nation, are now easier to find using a new web tool announced Tuesday by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, a part of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
The “Suspension Rates at U.S. Schools” tool sorts U.S. Department of Education data on suspension by race, ethnicity, gender, English learner and disability status using information from 26,000 K-12 schools and 7,000 districts across the country. The tool breaks out suspension rates in districts by school division levels: K-12, elementary school, secondary school or a comparison of elementary and secondary school.
The release of the suspension data tool is “a bid to empower parents, educators, policymakers and reporters alike,” said the center in a news release. The data is based on the most recent sampling from 2009-2010, but the federal department of education is expected to release new data on school suspension rates in 2014, and the data tool will be updated accordingly, said the Center for Civil Rights Remedies.
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