The U.S. Department of Education has released a flood of new data related to student achievement -- much of it pointing to gaps in achievement and access for minority students. The data show that African-American students represented 16% of the K-12 student population in the 2011-12 school year, but more than 40% were suspended at least once during that time. Data also show that while students with disabilities represent 12% of the student population, these students account for nearly 60% of those put in involuntary confinement or seclusion.

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