WASHINGTON -- Ohio is among 12 states or jurisdictions reporting a high disparity between the suspension rates of black students and white students in public schools.

That's according to a report released Friday by the Education Department's civil rights division.

And for the first time ever, state-, district- and school-level information is accessible to the public in a searchable online database.


The report shows that 24 percent of black male students were suspended from school at least once, compared to 7 percent for white males - or a disparity of 17 points.

Nationally, the black-white gap was 14 percentage points. Among girls, 14 percent of black students were suspended, compared to 3 percent for whites. That 11-point disparity also was higher than the national gap of 10 points. The report is for the 2011-2012 school year and covers pre-K through 12th grade.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today the first comprehensive look at civil rights data from every public school in the country in nearly 15 years.

The Civil Rights Data Collection from the 2011-12 school year was announced by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at J.O. Wilson Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

This is the first time since 2000 that the Department has compiled data from all 97,000 of the nation's public schools and its 16,500 school districts—representing 49 million students.