Indicator 4A:

Suspension/ Expulsion – Percent of districts identified by the State as having a significant discrepancy in the rates of suspensions and expulsions of children with disabilities for greater than 10 days in a school year.

Data Source: Electronic Violence and Vandalism Reporting System (EVVRS July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011)

Calculation: This indicator is calculated as the percent of districts identified by the State as having a significant discrepancy in the rates of suspensions and expulsions of children with disabilities for greater than 10 days in a school year. First, the baseline statewide average for suspensions and expulsions was calculated. The calculation revealed that the statewide average for suspensions and expulsions was .6%. Second, to determine significant discrepancy, a multiple of 5X the baseline statewide average (5 x .6% = 3%) was identified. Third, NJOSEP determined that a minimum enrollment of greater than 75 students with disabilities (i.e., 76 and greater) would be used to identify the districts with a significant discrepancy, as school districts with small numbers of students with disabilities were found to distort percentages.

In summary, school districts with more than 75 school-age students with disabilities that had a suspension rate of more than 3% percent were identified as having significant discrepancy.


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