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Suspension and expulsion facts, 2012-2013

The Ministry of Education has collected, verified and made public suspension and expulsion data from school boards for the most recently available school year, 2012-13. This is the tenth year that this data is being posted on the ministry website.

The following is a summary of provincial data:

Overall

  • 64,303 students were suspended or 3.03% of all students attending Ontario schools.
  • 106,428 total suspensions were issued, accounting for multiple suspensions for individual students.

Level

  • 22,628 or 35% were elementary students (1.62% of all elementary students).
  • 41,675 or 65% were secondary students (5.79% of all secondary students).

Gender

  • 14,888 or 23% were female students (1.45% of all female students).
  • 49,415 or 77% were male students (4.53 % of all male students).

Students with Special Education Needs*

  • 27,952 or 42.9% of suspended students were students with special education needs (7.27% of all students with special education needs).

Range

The suspension rate among boards in 2012-2013 ranged from 0.76% of students to 9.39% of students.

Eleven school boards had suspension rates between 5% and 10%. No board had a rate of more than 10%, while sixty-one had a rate below 5%.

Expulsion Data:

Overall

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

Level

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

Gender

  • 63 or 12% were female students (0.01% of all female students).
  • 447 or 88% were male students (0.04% of all male students).

Students with Special Education Needs*

  • 200 or 39.2% of expelled students were students with special education needs (0.05% of all students with special education needs).

Range

  • Thirty-four boards did not expel any students in 2012-13. 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% (175 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)