How Can Improving Data Collection and Reporting Advance the Civil Rights of LGBT Students?
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Previous research has shown that LGBT youth are disproportionately likely to experience harassment, bullying, and exclusionary discipline at school. However, there is insufficient data collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) on the state and national level to allow systematic documentation of these disparities. Inspired by the success over nearly the last fifty years of The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Civil Rights Data Collection at documenting disparities, this paper argues that expanding data collection on SOGI will document disparities, provide the basis for intervention, and improve the civil rights of LGBT youth.