Suspensions Down, Compare Well in U.S.

Suspension rates in the Long Beach Unified School District have steadily decreased over the past four years, both overall and by student subgroups.  Students here also miss far less class time than their counterparts at other large school systems nationally, according to data presented recently at a public Board of Education workshop.

Among LBUSD students, 96 percent had no suspensions in 2015-16, and 99 percent had one or zero suspensions.

Additional data show that among 39 large urban school districts nationally:

• 36 of the 39 had a higher percentage of students suspended than LBUSD (only three districts had fewer students suspended), based upon total number of days of suspension for the year.

• 38 of the 39 have more instructional days missed, due to suspension, than LBUSD.  Only one district had fewer instructional days missed than Long Beach, with students on average missing 0.05 days here, or 15 minutes a year.

View the full board workshop report.