Students disciplined by school district

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Why This Indicator Matters

Students who are excluded from learning due to disciplinary infractions have a greater risk of falling behind and becoming further disengaged, creating a negative cycle for some of our students most in need of additional support. See MassBudget’s report, Learning Uninterrupted: Supporting Positive Culture and Behavior in Schools.

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Definitions:

Disciplinary actions included in these data are: In-school suspension (1 day or more); Out-of-school suspension (1 day or more); Permanent Expulsion/Expulsion; Removed to an alternate setting by an impartial hearing officer or school personnel, such as home tutoring, in-district alternative program, alternative program in another district, private alternative setting, or work/community service setting; Emergency temporary removal of a student from school.

Minor Offenses refers to non-drug, non-violent, or non-criminal-related offenses.

NA – Data not available for school district for that year.

Data Source:

From the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Massachusetts School and District Profiles: Student Discipline Data Report.

Footnotes:

Chapter 222 of the Acts of 2012 requires districts to report data on student discipline annually, as part of an effort to limit the use of long-term suspension as a consequence of student misconduct, and to limit expulsion from classrooms.

Minor Offenses data only includes districts with 6 or more students in that offense category.

For more information about disciplinary actions, see: http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/advisory/discipline/StudentDiscipline.html

Updated November 2018 with data from school year 2016-2017.