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The Relationship between Student Discipline Disproportionality
and High School Dropout Rate
Omega W. Wilson Abstract
Previous research has indicated that there is a possible relationship between disproportionality in student discipline and high school dropout rate.Â Using discipline and dropout data from a mid-Atlantic state school district, discipline disproportionality and dropout rate amongst high school African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian male and females over a period of four school years was examined. The findings indicated that there was indeed discipline disproportionality among African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian students.Â However, the evidence indicating a relationship between disproportionality and dropping out was not conclusive.Â Based on the findings, implications for educational practice are advanced.Â In addition, recommendations for further research are set forth.