ERIC Number: ED334333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Suspensions in Massachusetts Public Schools: 1988-1989.
Massachusetts State Board of Education, Boston.
This report describes the extent of student suspension at the state and district levels in Massachusetts during 1988-89. Suspension removes a student from participation in school activities for up to 10 consecutive days. Suspensions are classified as either "out-of-school," during which students are prohibited from attending school, or "in-school," during which students must attend school in a separate place in the school under supervision. The following key findings are presented: (1) overall, a total of 5.3 percent of students in PreK-12 were suspended out-of-school, and 6.6 percent were suspended in-school; (2) suspensions varied widely at the district level; (3) suspensions were low in the elementary grades, increased sharply in grade 7, peaked in grade 9, and, beginning in grade 9, a noticeably higher percentage of students were suspended in-school than out-of-school; (4) males were twice as likely to be suspended as females; (5) African Americans and Hispanic Americans were more likely to be suspended than Whites; (6) suspensions were highest in urban centers, growth communities, and rural economic centers; and (7) special needs students were most likely to be suspended out-of-school. Statistical data are presented in nine tables and six graphs. The following materials are appended: (1) a discussion of the survey methodology; (2) a list of other reports submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Education by individual schools and districts; (3) two tables of statistical data; and (4) a list of school districts by type. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Board of Education, Boston.
Identifiers: African Americans; Massachusetts