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Indicator 5:

Out of school suspensions

vs. Georgia

What does it measure?

This indicator measures the percentage of out of school suspensions for 9th and 12th graders in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.

Why is it important?

Poor attendance and misbehavior greatly reduce the probability that the student will graduate, or graduate on-time. Out of school suspension occurrences increase the probability of delinquent behavior, but also identify students who may be at high risk for dropping out of school.

How are we doing?

The out of school suspension rate for 9th grade public school students in Chatham County increased from 28.9% in 2011 to 31.6% in 2012. For 12th graders, the rate in-creased from 15.8% to 18.7% in 2012.  Suspension rates notably have declined from the peak recorded in 2008, but are beginning to rise slowly. For the state, both 9th and 12th grade saw a modest decline in the suspension rate from 2011 to 2012.  The rate fell to 17.1% from 17.6% for 9th graders, while it fell to 8.5% from 9.1% for 12th graders.


                                       OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION RATES
                       Sources: Savannah-Chatham County Public School System &
                                        Georgia Department of Education