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Facts From NLTS2: School Behavior and Disciplinary Experiences of Youth With Disabilities

NLTS 2200603
March 2006

Table 1.  Students' behavior and disciplinary actions at school, by disability category


Students' behavior/disciplinary actions Learning disability Speech/language imairment Mental retardation Emotional disturbances Hearing impairment Visual impairment Orthopedic impairment Other health impairment Autism Traumatic brain injury Multiple disabilities Deaf-blindness
Percentage of students who:                        
Control behavior to act appropriately in class not at all well or not very well 13 10 23 40 10 12 14 26 31 22 32 18
Argue with others in class sometimes or very often 42 28 56 61 27 30 35 50 40 49 46 29
Fight with others in class sometimes or very often 16 13 28 38 11 7 11 22 24 30 29 21
Had any disciplinary actions in most recent school year 33 19 29 63 22 15 13 36 14 30 18 22
Have ever been suspended or expelled1 27 17 33 73 18 13 13 41 17 30 18 14
Mean number of disciplinary actions in most recent school year 2 1 2 7 2 1 1 3 1 2 1 2
1 Ever suspended or expelled is parent-reported data; all other data in table are teacher reported.
SOURCES: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research, National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2), Wave 1 parent interviews, 2001; Wave 1 teacher survey, 2002; and Wave 1 student's school program survey, 2002.