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School Behavior and Disciplinary Experiences of Youth With Disabilities (March 2006)

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Although most secondary-school-age youth with disabilities are reported to behave appropriately, approximately 20 percent to 40 percent are reported to exhibit problem behaviors at school, including not controlling behavior and arguing with others in class. One-third of students with disabilities have experienced disciplinary actions at school, such as suspensions, expulsions, referrals to the principal's office, or detentions, and they are more likely than their peers in the general population to have faced these types of disciplinary actions.

Students with emotional disturbances are significantly more likely to have been suspended or expelled in one school year or over their school careers than youth in all other disability categories.

Suggested Citation

Facts from NLTS2: School Behavior and Disciplinary of Youth With Disabilities (March 2006). Menlo Park, CA: SRI International. Available at