Arkansas - Equitable Discipline Practices: Program Requirements

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to monitor disproportionality in discipline practices within general education populations.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-18-516. Effective school discipline -- Definition

(a) As used in this section, "exclusionary disciplinary actions" means out-of-school suspension and expulsion.

(b) (1) Annually, the Department of Education shall report at the school, school district, and state level the following data concerning exclusionary disciplinary actions, in-school suspensions, and corporal punishment:

  • (A) Number per one hundred (100) students for the entire population;
  • (B) Number per one hundred (100) students for any racial or ethnic subgroup required for accountability by the Every Student Succeeds Act, Pub. L. No. 114-95;
  • (C) Number per one hundred (100) students for economically disadvantaged students; and
  • (D) Number per one hundred (100) students for students with disabilities identified under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq.

    • (2) The department shall report exclusionary disciplinary actions by both:
  • (A) Combining out-of-school suspensions and expulsions; and
  • (B) Separately listing out-of-school suspensions and expulsions.

(c) The department shall report the data required in subsection (b) of this section:

  • (1) On the website of the department to the extent that publication is consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; and
  • (2) In a manner that reflects historical trends and allows for the comparison of schools and school districts.
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