ERIC Number: EJ1054630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Is There an Educational Penalty for Being Suspended from School?
Cobb-Clark, Deborah A.; Kassenboehmer, Sonja C.; Le, Trinh; McVicar, Duncan; Zhang, Rong
Education Economics, v23 n4 p376-395 2015
Suspension from school is a commonly used, yet controversial, school disciplinary measure. This paper uses unique survey data to estimate the impact of suspension on the educational outcomes of those suspended. It finds that while suspension is strongly associated with educational outcomes, the relationship is unlikely to be causal, but rather likely stems from differences in the characteristics of those suspended compared to those not suspended. Moreover, there is no evidence that suspension is associated with larger educational penalties for young people from disadvantaged family backgrounds compared to those from more advantaged family backgrounds. These results hold regardless of whether self-reported suspension or mother-reported suspension is considered. The absence of a clear negative causal impact of suspension on educational outcomes suggests that suspension may continue to play a role in school discipline without harming the educational prospects of those sanctioned.
Descriptors: Suspension, Outcomes of Education, Discipline Policy, School Policy, Role, Surveys, Correlation, Attribution Theory, Disadvantaged, Advantaged, Mother Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Regression (Statistics), Comparative Analysis, High School Students, Graduation, College Entrance Examinations, Scores, Socioeconomic Status, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia