Does Limiting Out-of-school Suspension Improve Student Performance and Reduce Achievement Gaps? Evidence from Apparent Suspension-Restricting Policies

Awarded Scholars:
Richard DiSalvo, University of Rochester
Project Date:
May 2018
Award Amount:

DiSalvo will analyze national data from the Office of Civil Rights to identify school districts that would be expected to have high out-of-school suspension rates based on observable characteristics yet suspend students only infrequently. He will use SEDA data to compare academic outcomes in these districts with comparable districts that have suspensions rates closer to expectations to determine how limiting suspensions affects student performance and achievement gaps.


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