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Suspensions for Girls of Color by School District

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Girls of color across the country are disproportionately suspended from school compared to their white peers. Suspension rates vary widely by school district. Out-of-school suspensions result in lost instruction time and increased school pushout. We can take steps to prevent school pushout and ensure girls of color can succeed in schools. Click on a school district below or type a city, county or state into the search box (to the left of the map when you hover over it) to see school suspension rates for girls of color overall, Black girls, Latina girls, Native American girls, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander girls and their rate of suspension as compared to their rate of enrollment.

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Source: NWLC calculations of U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), 2013-14 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 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection. District suspension rates are calculated for girls without a disability, so in some cases, overall school district suspension rates may be higher. District level data excludes charter schools, juvenile justice centers, alternative schools, and many vocational schools. Girls of color overall includes Black, Latina, Native American, Asian, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander girls.
CRDC district level data was matched to a U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) 2013-14 school district shapefile from 2014, available at https://nces.ed.gov/programs/edge/geographicDistrictBoundary.aspx. In some cases, the shapefile contained school districts where there was no match in the CRDC file. Those school districts are in white above. In other cases, the CRDC file contained multiple school district matches. In these few cases, NWLC selected the school district with the most students enrolled.