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Suspension and expulsion facts, 2014-2015

The Ministry of Education has collected, verified and made public suspension and expulsion data from school boards for the most recently available school year, 2014-15. This is the twelfth year that this data is being posted on the ministry website.

The following is a summary of provincial data:

Suspension Data:

Overall

  • 52,715 students were suspended or 2.53% of all students attending Ontario schools.
  • 85,557 total suspensions were issued, accounting for multiple suspensions for individual students.

Level

  • 20,799 or 39% were elementary students (1.48% of all elementary students).
  • 31,916 or 61% were secondary students (4.73% of all secondary students).

Gender

  • 12,035 or 23% were female students (1.19% of all female students).
  • 40,680 or 77% were male students (3.79% of all male students).

Students with Special Education Needs*

  • 24,517 or 46.5% of suspended students were students with special education needs (6.25% of all students with special education needs).

Range

The suspension rate among boards in 2014-2015 ranged from 0.76% of students to 8.07% of students.

Thirty-five school boards had suspension rates that were below the provincial rate, while thirty-seven boards had suspension rates that were at or above the provincial rate.

Expulsion Data:

Overall

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

Level

  • 25 or 6% were elementary students (0.00% of all elementary students).
  • 401 or 94% were secondary students (0.06% of all secondary students).

Gender

  • 55 or 13% were female students (0.01% of all female students).
  • 371 or 87% were male students (0.03% of all male students).

Students with Special Education Needs*

  • 206 or 48.4% of expelled students were students with special education needs (0.05% of all students with special education needs).

Range

  • Forty boards did not expel any students in 2014-2015. Among the boards that expelled students, there was a very wide range of expulsion rates among boards from 0.00% (<10 students) to 0.13% (10 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)