Brown Bag Lecture Series: Nicole DiCrecchio

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm

GSE 124

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Identifying Predictors of Preschool Suspension and Expulsion

Early childhood programs of high-quality have been shown to be beneficial for all children. However, some programs across the country engage in discipline practices that include suspension and expulsion of preschool age children. There has been considerable research on suspension and expulsion in K-12, however, preschool suspension and expulsion research is still lacking. This presentation will discuss recent analyses that sought to extend this research on suspension and expulsion in public preschool programs by identifying predictors of suspension and expulsion in a national dataset (Civil Rights Data Collection) for three time points (2015-16, 2013-14, 2011-12) by utilizing a zero-inflated negative binomial regression model (ZINB). The ZINB model is used for overdispersed count data and will be discussed in-depth. Implications for data quality and education policy will also be discussed.


Dr. Nicole DiCrecchio is an Assistant Research Professor at NIEER specializing in mixed methods research. She received her Ed.D. in Measurement and Evaluation from Teachers College, Columbia University and has an M.A. in Educational Psychology (concentration in Psychological Measurement and Evaluation) from New York University. One aspect of Dr. DiCrecchio’s current work includes analyzing data from large-scale datasets focusing on suspension and expulsion in public preschool. Also, she is a managing editor of the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy.

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