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Suspension and expulsion facts, 2009-10

The Ministry of Education has collected, verified and made public suspension and expulsion data from school boards for the most recently available school year, 2009-10. This is the seventh year that this data is being posted on the ministry website.

The following is a summary of provincial data:

Suspension Data:

Overall

  • 86,140 students were suspended or 3.99% of all students attending Ontario schools
  • 149,080 total suspensions were issued, accounting for multiple suspensions for individual students.

Level

  • 30,035 or 35% were elementary students (2.15% of all elementary students)
  • 56,105 or 65% were secondary students (7.41% of all secondary students)

Gender

  • 20,964 or 24% were female students (2.01% of all female students)
  • 65,176 or 76% were male students (5.86 % of all male students)

Student with Special Education Needs*

  • 32,939 or 38.2% of suspended students were students with special education needs (9.22% of all students with special education needs)

Range

The suspension rate among boards in 2009-2010 ranged from 0.92% of students to 11.80% 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

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

Level

  • 43 or 7% were elementary students (0.00% of all elementary students)
  • 565 or 93% were secondary students (0.07% of all secondary students)

Gender

  • 67 or 11% were female students (0.01% of all female students).
  • 541 or 89% were male students (0.05% of all male students).

Student with Special Education Needs*

  • 244 or 40.1% of expelled students were students with special education needs (0.07% of all students with special education needs).

Range

  • Thirty-seven boards did not expel any students in 2009-10. Among the boards that expelled students, there was a very wide range of expulsion rates among boards from 0.00% (<10 students) to 0.16% (158 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)