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Actual Discipline Action Length

Actual Discipline Action Length: Discipline

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This data element indicates the actual length in school days of a student's disciplinary assignment. 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 which span multiple school years or 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.

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


FAQs, Details, and Point to Note

For detailed information about the Discipline collection, including FAQs and use cases, refer to the Discipline FAQ page.

  1. Discipline Action: Only a subset of discipline incident, discipline type, and behavior information should be submitted to DPI:
    1. All expulsions, regardless of duration, should be submitted. In-school suspensions and interim alternative setting placements (IAES setting disciplines should be submitted only for IDEA-eligible students. These students must have an active student special education program association (sSEPA) which includes the incident date.
    2. Suspensions (in and out of school) and IAES removals should be submitted only when the student is removed for at least half of the regular school day.

    3. Via the API, one discipline incident resource, one student discipline incident association, and one discipline action should be submitted.

  2. Zero Days Removed: Under rare circumstances, zero days removed may be valid for an expulsion. For example, a decision may be made to suspend a student prior to an expulsion hearing, and the expulsion order is issued after the student has met early reinstatement conditions. So the student is removed for the suspension but might not be removed for the expulsion. Another example would be 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, and so for school term X, the discipline length, as a result of the expulsion, is zero.

  3. 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 this incident-action pair would be submitted.

  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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