Measuring Educational Opportunity in Juvenile Justice Schools

bellwether education partnersThis slide deck from Bellwether Education Partners analyzes education opportunities in juvenile justice schools based on civil rights data collected by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), a division of the U.S. Department of Education. Every two years, the OCR collects data from schools as a whole, and in 2013 the office included schools identified as juvenile justice schools for the first time. Because of their unique position and small student populations, juvenile justice schools are historically exempt from most common state and federal measures of education achievement; therefore, the 2013 data set offers the first opportunity to establish a data baseline across states. In analyzing this data, Bellwether found serious deficiencies in most states’ data collection; in fact, only 18 states provided credible data about enrollment and achievement in their juvenile justice schools. The slide deck offers conclusions and recommendations for improved data collection practices based on these findings.