Education: GAO Report Shows Data Quality Issues in Restraint and Seclusion Data

On April 21, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report showing major issues with the quality of data from school districts regarding restraint and seclusion. For example, 70% of school districts reported zero incidents of restraint and seclusion, but the Education Department’s quality check applies to only the largest 30 of 17,000 school districts. Nearly 600 schools reported more students subject to restraint or seclusion than incidents. Interviews revealed that state and school district officials do not have a consistent understanding of reporting rules.

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