Exclusionary discipline actions by type 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: Number of exclusionary discipline actions from the 2013-2015 school years, including In-School Suspension, Out of School Suspensions, Expulsions, and Alternative school placements. Disaggregated by the following categories:

  • Race (White/Student of Color): Due to small sample sizes, the Agency of Education grouped discipline data into two categories: white students and all students of color.
  • 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. 
Interim Alternative Placements are a process whereby students with an IEP may only be out of the educational environment for less than 10 days while an appropriate alternative environment is found for the student to be in for no more than 45 days.

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. Table 17- Vermont Exclusionary Discipline by type of Exclusion and Average Length of Exclusion for 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: S- Data suppressed at fewer than 11 incidents