USDE Office of Civil Rights reports on troubling racial disparities in student discipline (May 2014 School Leader Update)
On March 21, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) issued a comprehensive report on findings from the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The report details troubling racial disparities in school discipline practices and procedures. There were five key issues that were noted by the report which include:
- Access to preschool is not available in 40 percent of school districts and limited in others;
- Suspension of preschool children was racially disproportionate;
- Access to advanced courses for students was racially disproportionate;
- Access to college counselors is limited; and
- Retention of ELL students is disproportionate.
State, district, and school-level data may be viewed at the CRDC website at crdc.ed.gov. Districts should take the time to review their data and determine if disparities exist. For questions regarding equity issues contact Margaret Jensen Connet at 515-281-3769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.