The National Women’s Law Center has calculated new suspension rates from the U.S Department of Education 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection. Girls of color, particularly Black girls, are disproportionately suspended from school compared to their white peers. Nationally, girls of color overall are 2.8 times more likely to be suspended than their white peers. Black girls are 5.7 times more likely to be suspended than white girls. Native girls are 3.1 times more likely to be suspended than white girls Latina girls are 1.6 times more likely to be suspended than white girls. These rates vary widely by state.
School suspensions deprive girls of valuable class time. Lost class time makes 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 girls of color overall, Black girls, Latina girls, and Native girls and how much more likely these girls are to be suspended compared to white girls
Source: NWLC calculations of U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), 2015-16 Public Use Data File available at http://ocrdata.ed.gov. CRDC Public Use Data file contains rounded or suppressed data to protect the identity of individuals and to prevent disclosure of protected information. For more information, see the Public-Use Data File User’s Manual for the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection. Suspension rates are for girls without identified disabilities. State level data includes traditional public schools and charter schools. Girls of color overall data includes Black, Latina, Native American, Asian, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander girls. Black girls were more likely than white girls to be suspended in every state. Latinas were more likely than white girls to be suspended in all but Alabama. Native girls were more likely than white girls to be suspended in every state except West Virginia. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander girls are more likely to be suspended in 42 states. Suspension rates for Asian girls are only disproportionate in four states: District of Columbia, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.