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Suspension and expulsion facts, 2013-2014

The Ministry of Education has collected, verified and made public suspension and expulsion data from school boards for the most recently available school year, 2013-14. This is the eleventh year that this data is being posted on the ministry website.

The following is a summary of provincial data:

Suspension Data:

Overall

  • 55,636 students were suspended or 2.65% of all students attending Ontario schools.
  • 90,219 total suspensions were issued, accounting for multiple suspensions for individual students.

Level

  • 20,438 or 37% were elementary students (1.46% of all elementary students).
  • 35,198 or 63% were secondary students (5.07% of all secondary students).

Gender

  • 13,184 or 24% were female students (1.29% of all female students).
  • 42,452 or 76% were male students (3.93% of all male students).

Students with Special Education Needs*

  • 24,946 or 44.8% of suspended students were students with special education needs (6.48% of all students with special education needs).

Range

The suspension rate among boards in 2013-2014 ranged from 0.74% of students to 8.88% of students.

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

Expulsion Data:

Overall

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

Level

  • 30 or 7% were elementary students (0.00% of all elementary students).
  • 422 or 93% were secondary students (0.06% of all secondary students).

Gender

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

Students with Special Education Needs*

  • 209 or 46.2% of expelled students were students with special education needs (0.05% of all students with special education needs).

Range

  • Thirty-seven boards did not expel any students in 2013-14. Among the boards that expelled students, there was a very wide range of expulsion rates among boards from 0.00% (<10 students) to 0.09% (89 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)