Patterns and Trends in Educational Opportunity for Students in Juvenile Justice Schools: Updates and New Insights

bellwether education partnersEvery two years,  the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights conducts the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), which includes information about school demographics, course enrollment, discipline, and other measures of school quality. This publication from Bellwether Education Partners outlines information gathered—for the first time in 2013-14 and again in the 2015-16 collection—on juvenile justice schools, which serve approximately 50,000 adjudicated youth placed in secure facilities across the country.

The report explores findings from the data and examines how juvenile justice facilities fail to provide adjudicated youth with sufficient access to the courses they need to graduate high school. For example, students in juvenile justice facilities are 25 percent less likely to have access to Algebra I, a foundational class required for graduation.