D.C. Charter Schools Discipline Students Nearly Twice as Much as National Average

A new report from the U.S Government Accountability Office reveals that the District of Columbia’s charter schools continue to suspend and expel students at significantly higher rates that the national average.

The trend is even worse for black students and students with disabilities, who were disproportionately suspended and expelled, the report found.

The report examined discipline rates from the 2011-12 through 2013-14 school years. During that period, suspension rates in D.C. charter schools dropped from about 16 percent of all students to about 13 percent, while expulsions dropped from 0.7 to 0.4 percent.

Sixteen of D.C.’s 105 charter schools suspended over a fifth of their students over the course of the 2015-16 school year.

More recent data shows that the discipline rates have continued to decline, but the report concluded that education agencies need to come up with a plan to bring those discipline rates down.

Sources: Politico, Education Week