Mississippi - Equitable Discipline Practices: Program Requirements

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law requires districts to monitor disproportionality in discipline practices within general education populations.

Mississippi Administrative Code 7-3 Rule 30.4 Truancy Rate Definition, Calculation and Rate

  1. Requirements
    e. The MDE shall calculate the truancy, habitual truancy, suspension, and expulsion rates once per year. The MDE shall report disaggregated data at both the state and district levels. The following calculations shall be used in determining truancy, suspension and expulsion rates:

    • i. The Truancy Rate shall be calculated using the following formula: Numerator: Number of students with five or more unlawful absences (truant) Denominator: Count of Student Membership - Cumulative Enrollment Multiplied by 100 to create a percentage value

    • ii. The Habitual Truancy Rate shall be calculated using the following formula: Numerator: Number of students with twelve or more unlawful absences (habitual truant)
      Denominator: Count of Student Membership - Cumulative Enrollment Multiplied by 100 to create a percentage value

    • iii. The Student Out-of-School Suspension Rate shall be calculated using the following formula:
      Numerator: Total number of student out-of-school suspensions in a school year
      Denominator: Count of Student Membership - Cumulative Enrollment Multiplied by 100 to create a percentage value

    • iv. The Overall Out-of-School Suspension Rate shall be calculated using the following formula:
      Numerator: Total number of out-of-school suspension days in a school year
      Denominator: Count of Student Membership - Cumulative Enrollment Multiplied by 100 to create a percentage value

    • v. The Expulsion Rate shall be calculated using the following formula: Numerator: Number of student expulsions in a school year Denominator: Count of Student Membership - Cumulative Enrollment Multiplied by 100 to create a percentage value MS Code§ 37-13-91 (1972).

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