School Discipline Myths and Facts

This fact sheet published by the National Education Policy Center, Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the Dignity in Schools Campaign, dispels myths and presents facts about significantly disproportionate suspensions of students of color. It provides strong recommendations for districts, states and members of Congress to improve outcomes by implementing the following research-based alternatives for creating fair and effective school discipline systems: 1) Strengthen support and training for teachers on effective classroom and behavior management, 2) Improve annual collection and reporting of discipline data, disaggregated by race, gender, disability status, ELL status, and free / reduced lunch eligibility, and 3) Align discipline policy with academic achievement goals and require support and intervention – rather than punishment – for schools with disproportionately high suspension rates.