Suspending students leads to big GPA drop, according to UCSF study

Excluding students — particularly Black, Latino and indigenous students — from class leads to a big drop in their GPAs , according to a study by researchers with UCSF.

The study, published in JAMA Network Open, followed 16, 849 sixth through tenth grade students from an unnamed large urban district in California from 2014 to 2017. The district does not allow expulsions. It found that students who were removed from a classroom or suspended in the first year of the study saw their GPAs drop by .88 points, or nearly a full letter grade by the study’s end.


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