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School Data for Expulsion/Suspencion, Drop-Out, and Mobility


Risk factors associated with the school domain include experiencing academic failure beginning in late elementary school, difficulties in school, lack of commitment to school, and early and persistent antisocial behavior in boys during grades K-3. Academic failure is evidenced through poor grades or having to repeat a grade. Problems or difficulties in school and lack of commitment to school can be manifest in days skipped, lack of interest in school, not valuing education, not feeling safe at school or en route to or from school, and by carrying a weapon or being a victim of assault or robbery at school. Lack of commitment to school is associated with risks for substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, early sexual activity, teen pregnancy and dropping out of school.

Since transitions and mobility create increased risk for substance abuse, the transitions from elementary to middle school, middle to high school and high school to college are periods of heightened vulnerability. A high rate of student mobility indicates lack of stability in the school population and also in the lives of the students. For those who are moved out of the school, for whatever reason, this change of status presents challenges and risks. For those remaining, the fluidity of their classroom community can create challenges. The student mobility may reflect circumstances in the neighborhood or school district, indicating neighborhood instability, another risk factor for substance abuse.

The following tables report school expulsion/suspension, drop-out rates and student mobility rates. This data comes from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). At the IDOE web site, their Data Center reports on performance (see the COMPASS section), graduation rates, test scores, mobility, free and reduced lunch, student demographics and more.