Children ages 12 to 17 who live with just one parent or guardian are at a higher risk of school suspension than their peers living in a two-parent household. The suspension rate for these children is nearly twice as high at 10.2%, compared to just 5.3% for those living with two married parents. Learn more about how family background influences student achievement by reading Anna J. Egalite’s full article in our Spring 2016 issue. You can also read our latest forum on the Obama-era directives from the federal education and justice departments, which asked schools to modify disciplinary policies in response to concerns about disproportionate suspension rates.

—Education Next

Last updated March 9, 2018