AIR Study Finds More Severe Suspensions Have Greater Negative Effects on Academic Outcomes, Attendance, and Future Behavior
This news report links to a lengthy report by AIR researchers that analyzed 10 years of data from the nation’s largest public school district and found that in-school or out-of-school suspensions did not reduce future misbehavior, nor result in improved academic achievement for peers, or perceptions of positive school climate. The data indicate that the more severe the exclusionary discipline, the greater the negative effects on students’ future academic performance, attendance, and behavior. Given that students who are Black and special needs are disproportionately disciplined, these data matter for equity reasons. This resource supports equity.