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Suspension and expulsion facts, 2008-09

The Ministry of Education has collected, verified and made public suspension and expulsion data from school boards for the most recently available school year, 2008-09. This is the sixth year that this data is being posted on the ministry website.

The following is a summary of provincial data:

Suspension Data:

Overall

  • 88,209 students were suspended or 4.08% of all students attending Ontario schools
  • 152,949 total suspensions were issued, accounting for multiple suspensions for individual students.

Level

  • 31,276 or 35% were elementary students (2.22% of all elementary students)
  • 56,933 or 65% were secondary students (7.55% of all secondary students)

Gender

  • 21,169 or 24% were female students (2.02% of all female students)
  • 67,040 or 76% were male students (6.01% of all male students)

Student with Special Education Needs*

  • 31,939 or 36.2% of suspended students were students with special education needs (9.37% of all students with students with special education needs)

Range

The suspension rate among boards in 2008-2009 ranged from 1.14% of students to 10.78% of students.

Twenty-eight school boards had suspension rates between 5% and 10%. One board had a rate of 10% or more, while forty-three had a rate below 5%.

Expulsion Data:

Overall

  • 699 students were expelled or 0.03% of all students.

Level

  • 120 or 17% were elementary students (0.01% of all elementary students)
  • 579 or 83% were secondary students (0.08% of all secondary students)

Gender

  • 102 or 15% were female students (0.01% of all female students)
  • 597 or 85% were male students (0.05% of all male students)

Student with Special Education Needs

  • 240 or 34.3% of expelled students were students with special education needs (0.07% of all students with special education needs).

Range

  • Thirty-six boards did not expel any students in 2008-09. Among the boards that expelled students, there was a very wide range of expulsion rates among boards from 0.00% (<10 students) to 0.26% (163 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)