The Hidden Cost of Suspension

The Hidden Cost of SuspensionAs part of the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) new public awareness campaign, #RethinkDiscipline, Blue Raster launched The Hidden Cost of Suspension story map in partnership with Sanametrix. Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice have collected data on suspensions, expulsions, and other practices that remove students from instruction.

To make their data comprehensible at a glance by decision makers and the public, ED turned to Blue Raster to create a series of maps to be shared on social media. Through this story map, the public can better understand the prevalence of out-of-school suspensions in their communities.
The application was developed using Esri’s side accordion story map template that allows users to step through three maps.


“Creating and sustaining safe, supportive schools is absolutely essential to ensuring students can engage in the rich learning experiences they need for success in college, work and life – that’s why rethinking school discipline is critical to boosting student achievement and improving school outcomes,” 

-Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

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