Student Suspension Rates
What does this measure?
The number of students who were suspended from school for at least one full day, expressed as a percentage of total enrollment. Data pertain only to out-of-school suspensions; both short-term and long-term suspensions count as a suspension.
Why is this important?
Suspensions are an indication of the level of misbehavior in schools, which has a negative impact on the education of both suspended and non-suspended students.
How are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
In 2011, 5% of students in Cayuga and 6% of students in Seneca had been suspended, similar to the state (excluding NYC) rate of 5%. Rates in both counties peaked around 8% in 2005 and have since declined. Of the comparison counties, Ontario consistently reported the lowest rate, 3% in 2011, while Oswego reported higher rates, including 9% in 2011. Union Springs and Romulus school districts had the lowest suspension rates at 2%.
Notes about the data
Suspension rates may vary by policy and enforcement between schools; thus lower rates do not necessarily mean that students are behaving better.