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ERIC Number: ED573327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
Suspended Education in Massachusetts: Using Days of Lost Instruction Due to Suspension to Evaluate Our Schools
Losen, Daniel J.; Sun, Wei-Ling; Keith, Michael A., II
Civil Rights Project - Proyecto Derechos Civiles
Missed instruction can have a devastating impact on educational outcomes. Some reasons for missed instruction are beyond the control of schools and districts: some students miss school due to mental or physical illness or injury, and transportation problems sometimes are to blame. One major reason for missed instruction that schools can directly influence is the decision school administrators make to suspend students, as well as the length of suspensions. As this report will demonstrate, numerous schools in the Commonwealth regularly remove a high number of students, culminating in large amount of lost instruction time. The purpose of this report is to encourage systemic reform, and it serves as a call to use discipline data in evaluating Massachusetts' schools. This descriptive report is intended to influence administrative policymakers in Massachusetts who are currently working with stakeholders across the state to develop school performance indicators for use in the state's accountability system.
Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles. 8370 Math Sciences, P.O. Box 951521, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521. Tel: 310-267-5562; Fax: 310-206-6293; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: The Atlantic Philanthropies; Schott Foundation for Public Education
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles. Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts