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K-12 Education: Education Needs to Address Significant Quality Issues with its Restraint and Seclusion Data

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Office for Civil Rights
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights should develop and implement a CRDC business rule that targets schools and school districts that report very low numbers of incidents and set data-driven thresholds to detect such incidents. (Recommendation 2)
Open

Education agreed with this recommendation and stated that it would determine the best means to implement it. As of April 2021, the agency reported that it is developing a responsive business rule, expected to be issued in January 2022. We will monitor the progress of these efforts.

Office for Civil Rights
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights should develop and implement a CRDC business rule that targets schools and schools districts that report very high number of incidents and set data-driven thresholds to detect such incidents. (Recommendation 3)
Open

Education agreed with this recommendation and stated that it would determine the best means to implement it. As of April 2021, the agency reported that it is developing a responsive business rule, expected to be issued in January 2022. We will monitor the progress of these efforts.

Office for Civil Rights
Priority Rec.
This is a priority recommendation.
The Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights should identify the factors that cause underreporting and misreporting of restraint and seclusion and take steps to help school districts overcome these issues. (Recommendation 5)
Open

Education agreed with this recommendation and will determine the best means to implement it. As of April 2021, the agency reported that it is developing a responsive business rule, expected to be issued in January 2022. We will monitor the progress of these efforts.

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