Nationwide Survey of State Education Agencies’ Online School Disciplinary Data (Fall 2013)
UCLA Civil Rights Project’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies has collaborated with the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) to extract information from all 50 State Education Agency (SEA) websites and Washington, DC to compile publicly-reported school disciplinary data below. The findings are shown in the downloadable spreadsheet with summaries of student disciplinary data for each state. Information in the table was corroborated by SEA staff. Although most states offer additional data on disciplinary actions upon request, this web-based tool only uses data readily available to the public online.
This Survey is limited to what reviewers found to have been publicly reported on each state’s website. See “Summary” worksheet in the Survey spreadsheet attached for information and links to the data for each state. Some states did not publish any discipline data while others published detailed data as recent as 2011-2012. More specifically, 10 states (20%) did not publically report any school discipline data. As indicated in Table 1 below, less than half of the states (43%) publicly report on their SEA website how many students are suspended annually. Furthermore, only one out of three states disaggregates disciplinary data by race in their SEA website reporting. The Civil Rights project has asserted that states should provide detailed (e.g., disaggregated) discipline data to the public via their website every year.
Table 1. Overview of Discipline Data Reporting across States (including Washington, DC)
Downloadable Spreadsheet (located on the right):
The spreadsheet contains detailed information regarding data indicators, SEA contact information, and data notes. If available, we have provided a link to the data sources in the spreadsheet (indicated by a hyperlink).