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At REL Mid-Atlantic, regional needs drive the focus of our work. To learn what topics are important to our stakeholders in the education community of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, we conduct needs assessments. Recent conversations have surfaced initial needs in the following areas:

Activities in addition to our alliance work

Disproportionality in school discipline: An updated assessment in Maryland through 2017

REL Mid-Atlantic is partnering with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to conduct analyses of MSDE's school discipline data. MSDE seeks to identify trends in, and school characteristics associated with, disproportionate rates of exclusionary discipline for students based on race/ethnicity and disability status. The study will answer the following research questions:

  1. What are the trends in school removals (out-of-school suspensions and expulsions) in Maryland from 2009–2010 to 2016–2017, both overall and by student group?
  2. What are the overall trends in characteristics of disciplinary responses during this period?
  3. What are the characteristics of schools with discipline disproportionalities?

Principal Investigator: Johanna Lacoe

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