Discipline Rates

There was a decrease in suspensions and expulsions.

From 2009-10 to 2010-11, suspensions for behavioral offenses such as bullying, tobacco, drugs, fighting, and violence decreased by 5.9% and expulsions decreased by 5.6%.


Why it Matters
Students who are suspended and expelled are more likely to repeat grades and drop out of school.1 Minority, low-income, and special education students are suspended and expelled at higher rates than white, non– low-income, general education students.2 Schools are looking to develop discipline policies that will help eliminate inequity and keep students in school.
Change from 2011 Report Card
  • Since 2009, suspensions for behavioral offenses decreased from 47,508 to 44,723.
  1. Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Developing a Dropout Early Warning and Interventions System (DEWIS)," Graduation: A Team Effort. []
  2. American Psychological Association, Zero Tolerance Task Force, "Are Zero Tolerance Policies Effective in the Schools? An Evidentiary Review and Recommendations," American Psychologist 63, no. 9 (December 2008): 852-862. []

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