On June 18, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report detailing the underreporting of restraint and seclusion in public schools. According to the report, 70 percent of the nation’s school districts reported zero incidents of restraint or seclusion during the 2015-2016 school year. However, closer analysis found many school districts are recording zero when data is not collected or is collected improperly. The report concludes with recommendations for the Department of Education to improve accuracy in data collection and reporting.
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