The achievement gap and the discipline gap: Two sides of the same coin?

Anne Gregory, Russell J. Skiba, Pedro A. Noguera

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Abstract

The gap in achievement across racial and ethnic groups has been a focus of education research for decades, but the disproportionate suspension and expulsion of Black, Latino, and American Indian students has received less attention. This article synthesizes research on racial and ethnic patterns in school sanctions and considers how disproportionate discipline might contribute to lagging achievement among students of color. It further examines the evidence for student, school, and community contributors to the racial and ethnic patterns in school sanctions, and it offers promising directions for gap-reducing discipline policies and practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalEducational Researcher
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Achievement gap
  • At-risk students
  • Classroom management
  • School psychology
  • Student behavior/attitude
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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