Guess what's the top reason why Wake County students receive a short-term suspension?
A short-term suspension is defined as one that's for less than 10 days of school. In 2008-09, 20,651 short-term suspensions were given to 10,918 students in Wake, costing 57,650 school days.
The top reason in Wake was:
Disrespect of staff accounted for 24.4 percent of Wake's short-term suspensions last school year. In contrast, it only accounted for 7.1 percent of the state's short-term suspensions.
The second-highest reason in Wake last school year was fighting, which accounted for 21.8 percent of short-term suspensions. Statewide, it accounted fro 13.8 percent of that category.
In third in Wake was inappropriate language at 12.1 percent. Fourth was disruptive behavior at 11.5 percent.
Knightdale High had the most short-term suspensions of any school at 1,403.
In terms of long-term suspensions, the top reason in Wake last school year was possession of an illegal substance at 18.9 percent. Next came minor assault at 18.8 percent and possession of a weapon at 10.3 percent.
The highest count for long-term suspensions in Wake was Enloe High at 84 and Garner High at 81.
Long-term suspensions in Wake are those that exceed 10 days. While some districts will vary how much longer it is than 10 days, all long-term suspensions in Wake run for the whole school year.
In 2008-09, 1,015 long-term suspensions were issued. This resulted in 87,227 days of school being lost.
This data, along with info on dropout rates, was shared with the school board's student achievement committee earlier this month. Click here to view the handout.