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ERIC Number: EJ897049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
Variability in Schools' Suspension Rates of Black Students
Arcia, Emily
Journal of Negro Education, v76 n4 p597-608 Fall 2007
Black students are frequently suspended at much higher rates than students from other races or ethnicities. Analyses of suspension data over a three-year period were conducted to explain between-school variability in the percentages of Black students suspended in secondary schools at a large urban school district. Results of hierarchical backward elimination indicated that suspensions could be explained by the suspension percentages of non-Black students, increases in achievement discrepancies between Black and non-Black students, and schools' average years of experience of the instructional staff. With these variables in the model, the percentages of Black student enrollment, of Black instructional staff, of male instructional staff, and of novice instructional staff did not predict Black student suspension. The percentages of students who participated in the free/reduced lunch program was initially retained in the student model, but was replaced by the experience of the instructional staff. Specific research is suggested to clarify mechanisms of action and allow generation of well-targeted recommendations for school districts. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED544799