SACRAMENTO -- Data released by the state Friday showed about one in 20 students in the state was suspended in 2011-12 and one in 1,000 was expelled.
Of the more than 6 million students statewide, 366,629 were suspended and 9,553 were expelled, said state Superintendent Tom Torlakson. The state's suspension rate was 5.7 percent and its expulsion rate was 0.1 percent, he said.
For the first time, the information was collected using the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, known as CALPADS. The system breaks data down by race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, English learners, migrant education and special education programs.
Reports are available for state, county, district and schools by visiting www.cde.ca.gov. Click on "Student Suspension and Expulsion Rates."