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Table 11.  Percentage of public schools reporting that specified disciplinary actions were allowed, and used during the school year, by selected disciplinary actions: School year 2003–04

Disciplinary action Allowed Used during
the 2003–04
school year
Removal or transfer for at least the remainder of the year     
Removal with no continuing school services  51 12
Transfer to specialized school for disciplinary reasons1  67 34
Transfer to another regular school for disciplinary reasons  38 14
Removal with school-provided tutoring/at-home instruction  62 16
Suspension or removal for less than the remainder of the year     
Out-of-school suspension     
No curriculum services provided  68 54
Curriculum services provided  75 44
In-school suspension     
No curriculum services provided  22 10
Curriculum services provided  75 62
Provide instruction or counseling to reduce problems     
Referral to school counselor  93 91
Assigned to program designed to reduce disciplinary problems     
During school hours  56 47
Outside of school hours  29 19
Punishment or withdrawal of services     
Kept off school bus due to misbehavior  88 76
Corporal punishment  17 12
Put on school probation with threatened consequences
if another incident occurs 
62 50
Detention and/or Saturday school  71 64
Loss of student privileges  93 88
Require participation in community service  34 25
1 Specialized school was defined for respondents as "a school that is specifically for students who were referred for disciplinary reasons. The school may also have students who were referred for other reasons. The school may be at the same location as your school."
NOTE: Reponses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2004.