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Student Exclusions 1994 - 1995

Letter from the Commissioner
Student Exclusions by District


The 1994-95 school year was the second year in which the Department of Education collected data on student exclusions at the individual rather than aggregate level. All schools were required to submit data on students excluded for more than ten consecutive days between July 1, 1994, and June 30, 1995. For the purposes of the survey, an exclusion was defined as "the removal of a student from school for disciplinary purposes permanently, indefinitely or for more than ten consecutive days."

All school districts submitted exclusion reports. The analysis below is based on data as reported by the school districts. Simple editing of the data was done, but the data have not been returned to the districts for verification nor has a thorough editing process been completed.


The number of exclusions was fairly stable between 1992-93 and 1993-94 and increased between 1993-94 and 1994-95. It is important to note that 1993-94 data was collected as of May 1, 1994, and does not represent the entire school year.

Table 1. Exclusions Over Time
 1992-93 1993-94
(Through 5/1/94)
Number of Exclusions 983 958 1505

In 1994-95, 47 percent of school districts reported no exclusions, compared to 54 percent of districts in the 1993-94 school year. In 1994-95, 24 districts reported ten or more exclusions, compared to nine districts in 1993-94.

Table 2. Distribution of Districts by Number of Exclusions
Number of
Number of
Percentage of
0 156 47%
1-3 103 31%
4-9 47 14%
10-19 12 4%
20-49 7 2%
50-99 3 1%
100 or more 2 1%

The tables below analyze student exclusions according to various characteristics of the students, the length of exclusion, the nature of the offense, and the provision of alternative education. Because over one-quarter of the exclusions occurred in Springfield, two separate analyses are provided: one for all exclusions and one not including exclusions in Springfield. This has been done because a large number of exclusions from one district can skew the interpretation of the results.

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