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Suspension Rate Indicator

This indicator, reported on the California School Dashboard, applies to districts and schools with students in grades K–12.

What is this Indicator?

The Suspension Rate Indicator is one of several state indicators that the California Department of Education (CDE) reports on the California School DashboardExternal link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard). It represents the percentage of students who were suspended for an aggregate total of one full day anytime during the school year.

For most of the other state indicators, the desired outcome is to have a high percentage in the current year and an increase in percentage from the prior year. However, for this indicator, the desired outcome is reversed and the goal is to achieve a low suspension rate.

This indicator is reported on the Dashboard for any local educational agency (LEA) and school that enroll students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Students in transitional kindergarten are unable to be reported separately from kindergarten and are therefore included in the enrollment counts for the suspension rate.

Additional Reports

Designed for educators, the School Dashboard Additional Report offers information and data beyond what are reported on the Dashboard, including summarized views across all state indicators. One report specific to this indicator is the:

  • 2023 Five-by-Five Suspension Rate Placement Report


General Information about the Indicator
Technical Information about the Indicator
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Suspension Indicator FAQs web page addresses the common questions received on this state indicator.

Additional Information about the Dashboard

Next Steps

There are no next steps or upcoming changes for this indicator.


Archived materials from prior Dashboard releases.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 14, 2023