Topic: How to Reduce Minority Male Out of School Suspensions
Minority male students are 3 times more likely to be Suspended than any other high school student group.
National Average for Male Out of School Suspension: 16%
White American: 36%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic American: 23%
Native American: 1%
Poor School attendants (School lateness, Class cuts)
Poor Academic Skills (Reading and Math Levels)
Family Issues (Out of School Behavior)
How the 100% Graduation Rate Program Address the Problem:
- We met with the student and their parent to sign a 4-year agreement to graduate on time.
- We held 12 after-school training sessions on Economics and the US Legal System for 9th graders.
- We met school officials if any student was suspended.
- We talked with student’s parents if students, developed a school lateness and absenteeism problem of 3 days or more.
- We met with each student to discuss their academic needs starting at the beginning of the 10th grade.
- We held 18 after-school training sessions on Academic Preparation, Social Skills and Job Readiness for 10th graders.
- We help place students in summer job programs or help find them summer jobs from 9th grade to 11th grade.
- We met with student’s summer job employers and gave them our contact information.
- We conduct in-school training sessions for our junior and senior classes to the completion of high school.
100% Graduation Rate Program Results:
Camden, New Jersey – **Program Participants Group B (105) compared to Program Sample Group A (105)
The Male Program participants had a 26% lower Out of School Suspension rate. Compared to the City’s sample group of males – 29% (30 out of 105) to 52% (55 out of 105).
Each year, the City’s two largest high schools – Camden High and Woodrow Wilson – Guidance Departments selected 15 incoming high school freshmen for the program. These students were classified as at-risk, based on having grades below C in Math and/or Reading, or had a poor student behavior problem.
The students were then randomly assigned to a Program Group- A (Non-treatment) or Group B (Program Treatment) – based on their seating during the program’s orientation.
State Education Departments should encourage School Districts to reduce out of school suspensions by:
- developing 3 and 5-day in-school suspension programs, which address anger management, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.
- working with Community Service organizations to provide before or after school individual and family counseling.
- assessing school’s practices and policies as it relates to non-violent offenses by students.