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Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, by Year

  Total students paddled
Year Number Percent1
1976 1,521,896 3.5
1978 1,438,317 3.4
1980 1,408,303 3.4
1984 1,332,317 3.3
1986 1,099,731 2.7
1988 898,370 2.2
1990 613,760 1.5
1992 555,531 1.3
1994 470,683 1.1
1997 457,754 1.0
1998 365,058 0.8
2000 342,038 0.7
2003 301,016 0.6
2004 272,028 0.6
2006 223,190 0.5
1. Percentage of all public-school students.
Source: The Center for Effective Discipline, Columbus, Ohio. www.stophitting.com

Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, by State Elementary and High School Education General Educational Development (GED) Credentials Issued, 1971–2004