The US Department of Education released figures that indicate that students with disabilities count for two thirds of students who are secluded or restrained, and that they are twice as likely to be suspended. That data was compiled on over 50 million students from every single public school in the United states during the 2013-2014 school year.
“I don’t think there’s any way you can look at this data and come away without a tremendous sense of urgency to close these equity gaps,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John King.
This year was the first time that the data tracked students who were chronically absent with 15 or more missed days of school. Again, students with disabilities proved to be more at risk, with high school students with disabilities being 1.3 times more likely to be chronically absent, and elementary students 1.5 times more likely than their typically developing peers.