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SPP Indicator 4A: A results indicator that measures the rates of suspension/expulsion (Percent of districts that have a significant discrepancy in the rate of suspensions/expulsions greater than 10 cumulative days in a school year for children with IEPs).

SPP Indicator 4B: A compliance indicator that measures the rates of suspension and expulsion (Percent of districts that have [a] a significant discrepancy, by race or ethnicity, in the rate of suspensions and expulsions greater than 10 days in a school year for children with IEPs and [b] policies, procedures or practices that contribute to the significant discrepancy and do not comply with requirements relating to the development and implementation of IEPs, the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and procedural safeguards).


Indicator 4A Measurement:
Percent of districts that have a significant discrepancy in the rates of suspensions and expulsions for greater than 10 days in a school year of children with IEPs, divided by the # of districts in the state.

Indicator 4B Measurement:
Percent of districts that have (a) a significant discrepancy, by race or ethnicity, in the rate of suspensions and expulsions of greater than 10 days in a school year for children with IEPs; and (b) policies, procedures and practices that contribute to the significant discrepancy and do not comply with requirements relating to the development and implementation of IEPs, the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and procedural safeguards, divided by the # of districts in the state.


Indicator 4 Goal:
Each district identified as having a possible significant discrepancy in the rates of suspension/expulsion of students with disabilities (4A) and/or students with disabilities in a racial/ethnic group (4B) is required to review and analyze student data at the district and individual building levels and to complete a district self-assessment using a template provided by ISBE. The purpose of this self-assessment is to examine policies, procedures and practices that may impact the development and implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), positive behavioral interventions and supports, and procedural safeguards that may result in discrepant rates of suspension/expulsion.


Indicator 4 Data Source:
The ISBE data source is the Student Information System (SIS). This system is the mechanism utilized by the ISBE Data Strategies and Analytics Department to collect school-level data regarding suspension and expulsion for all students.

Districts report student discipline data to SIS for students with and without disabilities. Individual student level data is reported including Incident Date, Incident Number, Disability Type (if applicable), Incident Type, Disciplinary Action and Disciplinary Duration.


Indicator 4A Calculation:
A significant discrepancy for Indicator 4A is determined as follows:

  1. A Suspension/Expulsion Rate is calculated for each LEA with at least five students with IEPs as follows:
    1. # of students with IEPs suspended or expelled for more than 10 days / # of students with IEPs * 100
  2. A State Suspension/Expulsion Rate is calculated in the same manner by using the total number of students with IEPs suspended or expelled for more than 10 days in the entire state, and the total number of students with IEPs in the entire state.
  3. A standard deviation from the State Suspension/Expulsion Rate is then calculated.
  4. A LEA is determined to have a significant discrepancy if:
    1. Its Suspension/Expulsion Rate is greater than the State Suspension/ Expulsion Rate + one standard deviation for three consecutive years, AND
    2. The LEA had at least five students with IEPs suspended or expelled more than 10 days, for three consecutive years.

Indicator 4B Calculation:
A significant discrepancy for Indicator 4B is determined as follows:

  1. A Suspension/Expulsion Rate is calculated for each LEA with at least five students with IEPs as follows:
    1. # of students with IEPs suspended or expelled for more than 10 days by race / # of students with IEPs by race * 100
  2. A State Suspension/Expulsion Rate is calculated in the same manner by using the total number of students with IEPs suspended or expelled for more than 10 days in the entire state, and the total number of students with IEPs in the entire state.
  3. A standard deviation from the State Suspension/Expulsion Rate is then calculated.
  4. A LEA is determined to have a significant discrepancy if:
    1. Its Suspension/Expulsion Rate by race is greater than the State Suspension/Expulsion Rate + one standard deviation for three consecutive years, AND
    2. The LEA had at least five students (within a particular race/ethnicity) suspended or expelled more than 10 days for three consecutive years.


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