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Suspension and expulsion facts, 2011-2012

The Ministry of Education has collected, verified and made public suspension and expulsion data from school boards for the most recently available school year, 2011-12. This is the ninth year that this data is being posted on the ministry website.

The following is a summary of provincial data:

Suspension Data:

Overall

  • 73,428 students were suspended or 3.44% of all students attending Ontario schools.
  • 124,043 total suspensions were issued, accounting for multiple suspensions for individual students.

Level

  • 24,961 or 34% were elementary students (1.79% of all elementary students).
  • 48,467 or 66% were secondary students (6.58% of all secondary students).

Gender

  • 17,851 or 24% were female students (1.73% of all female students).
  • 55,577 or 76% were male students (5.05% of all male students).

Students with Special Education Needs*

  • 30,214 or 41.1% of suspended students were students with special education needs (8.10% of all students with special education needs).

Range

The suspension rate among boards in 2011-2012 ranged from 1.25% of students to 8.86% of students.

Eighteen school boards had suspension rates between 5% and 10%. No board had a rate of 10% or more, while fifty-four had a rate below 5%.

Expulsion Data:

Overall

  • 517 students were expelled or 0.02% of all students attending Ontario schools.

Level

  • 63 or 12% were elementary students (0.00% of all elementary students).
  • 454 or 88% were secondary students (0.06% of all secondary students).

Gender

  • 48 or 9% were female students (0.00% of all female students).
  • 469 or 91% were male students (0.04% of all male students).

Students with Special Education Needs*

  • 207 or 40.0% of expelled students were students with special education needs needs (0.06% of all students with special education needs).

Range

  • Thirty-four boards did not expel any students in 2011-12. 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% (155 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)