New data from the U.S Department of Education Civil Rights Data Collection shows that 591,032 girls were suspended in the 2017-2018 school year. Many girls of color, and especially Black girls, were disproportionately suspended from school compared to their white peers. Nationally, Black girls were 5.5 times more likely to be suspended than white girls. Native American girls were 2.8 times more likely to be suspended than white girls. Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander girls were 2.1 times more likely to be suspended than white girls. Latina girls were 1.5 times more likely to be suspended than white girls. But these rates can vary widely by state.
School suspensions deprive girls of valuable class time, making it harder for girls of color to succeed in school, which impacts their ability to graduate and pursue higher education. Inequitable access to education leads to inequitable career and economic outcomes. Our research shows that girls who do not complete high school face higher unemployment rates, poor employment prospects, poorer health, and low earnings potential.
We can take steps to prevent school pushout and ensure girls of color can succeed in schools. Click on a state below to see school suspension rates for Black girls, Latina girls, and Native American girls, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander girls and how much more likely these girls are to be suspended compared to white girls.