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Actual Discipline Action Length

Actual Discipline Action Length: Discipline

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The Actual Discipline Length data element indicates the actual length of a student's disciplinary assignment, as measured in school days.

For suspensions (in or out of school) and IAES discipline actions, actual discipline action length must equal discipline length, due to the restrictions for reporting these disciplinary actions.

For expulsions that span multiple school years - or - for expulsions that do not begin until the next school year:

  • Count the total days the student will be removed from the school's grounds for disciplinary purposes over the entire duration of the expulsion order.
  • School days removed include days during which the student is receiving services in an alternative setting off-school grounds or at an alternative school.

Current as of the 2023-24 School Year:

The Actual Discipline Action Length will allow for four (4) digits to the left of the decimal. This allows for more accurate reporting from the previous three (3) digit maximum, which often resulted in 999.0 days reported. 

USES: This data element is critical in tracking students' total discipline action lengths.

FAQs, Details, and Point to Note

  1. Zero Days Removed: Under rare circumstances, zero days removed may be valid for an expulsion.


    1. EXAMPLE: A decision is made to suspend a student prior to an expulsion hearing. The expulsion order is issued after the student has met early reinstatement conditions. So the student is removed for the suspension, but is not be removed for the expulsion.


    2. EXAMPLE: An incident that occurs near the end of school term X, but the expulsion order is not issued until after the end of school term X. Consequently, the discipline length for school term X, as a result of the timing of this expulsion, is zero.

  2. Summer School Discipline: Discipline information for this student should not be submitted to WISEdata. This student is removed zero days from the school year for a suspension, so no incident or action is submitted. Note, if the discipline action was an expulsion, then data would be submitted.

  3. Discipline FAQs & Use Cases: For more specific information, see the Discipline: Info, Help and FAQs page.

  4. DOC, DHS, PPP: No discipline information should be submitted for students in a Department of Corrections or Department of Health Services school or enrolled as a parentally-placed private student.

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