Report: Release of Data Has Changed Student Discipline in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report finds a big drop in suspensions and expulsions of students in District of Columbia public and charter schools since the school system started releasing comprehensive statistics on discipline.

After getting reports of high rates of expulsion at certain schools, city school officials agreed to make data on discipline more consistent and transparent. The idea was that data comparing schools would focus the public’s attention on schools that were suspending or kicking out lots of kids and help officials figure out what the problems were.

The citywide numbers were first released in 2013, and a report by the Center on Reinventing Public Education finds that suspension and expulsion rates have dropped steadily since then. The report was released on Thursday.

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