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Suspension and expulsion facts, 2010-11

The Ministry of Education has collected, verified and made public suspension and expulsion data from school boards for the most recently available school year, 2010-11. This is the eighth year that this data is being posted on the ministry website.

The following is a summary of provincial data:

Suspension Data:

Overall

  • 78,889 students were suspended or 3.68% of all students attending Ontario schools.
  • 139,911 total suspensions were issued, accounting for multiple suspensions for individual students.

Level

  • 26,393 or 33% were elementary students (1.89% of all elementary students).
  • 52,496 or 67% were secondary students (7.01% of all secondary students).

Gender

  • 19,435 or 25% were female students (1.87% of all female students).
  • 59,454 or 75% were male students (5.38 % of all male students).

Student with Special Education Needs*

  • 31,007 or 39.3% of suspended students were students with special education needs (8.57% of all students with special education needs).

Range

The suspension rate among boards in 2010-2011 ranged from 1.02% of students to 10.31% of students.

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

Expulsion Data:

Overall

  • 573 students were expelled or 0.03% of all students attending Ontario schools.

Level

  • 70 or 12% were elementary students (0.01% of all elementary students).
  • 503 or 88% were secondary students (0.07% of all secondary students).

Gender

  • 94 or 16% were female students (0.01% of all female students).
  • 479 or 84% were male students (0.04% of all male students).

Student with Special Education Needs*

  • 232 or 40.5% of expelled students were students with special education needs (0.06% of all students with special education needs).

Range

  • Thirty-seven boards did not expel any students in 2010-11. Among the boards that expelled students, there was a very wide range of expulsion rates among boards from 0.00% (< 10 students) to 0.18% (172 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)