Rate of exclusionary discipline actions in Vermont

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For more on this topic in Vermont, see: Jay Diaz, Esq. (2015), KICKED OUT! Unfair and Unequal Student Discipline in Vermont’s Public Schools, Vermont Legal Aid
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Definitions: Rate per 1,000 students experiencing exclusionary discipline actions, including In-School Suspension, Out of School Suspensions, Expulsions, and Alternative school placements. Disaggregated by the following categories:

  • Race (White/Not White): Due to small sample sizes, the Agency of Education grouped discipline data into two categories: white students (White) and all students of color (Not White).
  • Family Income (FRL): Students who are eligible for free and reduced school meals.
  • Disability (IEP and 504): An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a disability receives specialized instruction as needed. Not all students who have disabilities require specialized instruction. A 504 Plan documents specific accessibility requirements for a child who has a disability and requires accommodations in order to participate fully in the learning environment.
  • Gender (Male and Female): The Agency of Education provides exclusionary discipline data on male and female students but not transgender students or students who identify their gender as a category other than male or female.
  • ELL: English language learners.

Data Source: Rebecca Holcombe (2016). Exclusionary Discipline Response. Response to written request of February 26, 2015 related to S.67. Report/Recommendations to the Senate and House Committees on Education; Senate Committee on Health and Welfare; House Committee on Human Services. Tables 2 & 6-10 – Excluded Student Population Data by Sub-Group Students Experiencing at Least One Exclusionary Action School Years 2013-2015

Link: http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/WorkGroups/Senate%20Education/Reports%20and%20Resources/W~Agency%20of%20Education~Exculsionary%20Discipline%20Report~1-25-2016.pdf

Footnotes: For complete enrollment numbers and Agency of Education analysis on the statistical significance of a groups over or under-representation in exclusionary discipline practices, see pages 22-26 of the report.