Students Receiving Out of School Suspensions in Ohio

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Source: The Ohio Department of Education 

 we treat students equally in the classroom, students feel more welcome, and are better able to focus and learn, but research shows biases and inequities in disciplining students. For example, a report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights states how educational opportunities are not welcoming to all students: 

“Students of color as a whole, as well as by individual racial group, do not commit more disciplinable offenses than their white peers – but black, Latinx, and Native American students in the aggregate receive substantially more school discipline than their white peers, and receive harsher and longer punishments than their white peers receive for like offenses.”[i]

In addition, addressing students holistically in response to disruptive behavior and understanding the effects of trauma help to avoid re-traumatizing youth and increase the likelihood that students receive help that they need to pursue their goals. 

[i] United States Commission on Civil Rights. (2019). Beyond Suspensions: Examining School Discipline Policies and Connections to the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students of Color with Disabilities. Retrieved from:

Note that this indicator differs in measurement from the indicator below. This indicator measures the percent of students who receive discipline, while the indicator below measures disciplinary actions per 1000 students (which could be high as a result of a single student receiving multiple disciplinary actions).