Safe Schools: Suspension and expulsion facts, 2007-08

Suspension and expulsion facts, 2007-08

The Ministry of Education has collected, verified and made public suspension and expulsion data from school boards for the most recently available school year, 2007-08. This is the fifth year that this data is being posted on the ministry website.

The following is a summary of provincial data:

Suspension Data:

Overall

  • 94,386 students were suspended or 4.32% of all students attending Ontario schools
  • 163,513 total suspensions were issued, accounting for multiple suspensions for individual students.

Level

  • 35,336 or 37% were elementary students (2.47% of all elementary students)
  • 59,050 or 63% were secondary students (7.82% of all secondary students)

Gender

  • 23,415 or 25% were female students (2.21% of all female students)
  • 70,971 or 75% were male students (6.30% of all male students)

Student with Special Education Needs*

  • 33,009 or 35.0% of expelled students were students with special education needs (10.0% of all students with special education needs).

Range

The suspension rate among boards in 2007-2008 ranged from 0.84% of students to 10.58% of students.

Thirty-two school boards had suspension rates between 5% and 10%. One board had a rate of 10% or more, while thirty-nine had a rate below 5%.

Expulsion Data:

Overall

  • 996 students were expelled or 0.05% of all students.

Level

  • 145 or 15% were elementary students (0.01% of all elementary students)
  • 851 or 85% were secondary students (0.011% of all secondary students)

Gender

  • 138 or 14% were female students (0.01% of all female students)
  • 858 or 86% were male students (0.08% of all male students)

Student with Special Education Needs*

  • 324 or 32.5% of expelled students were students with special education needs (0.10% of all students with special education needs).

Range

  • Twenty-three boards did not expel any students in 2007-08. Among the boards that expelled students, there was a very wide range of expulsion rates among boards from 0.00% (<10 students) to 0.24% (<10 students).

* Students with special education needs include all students reported as receiving special education programs and/or services – regardless of whether the student has gone through an Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) or not, and whether the student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Please Note: Due to a change in methodology, statistics from 2007-2008 through 2013-2014 have been revised.

Source: As reported in the Ontario School Information System (OnSIS)