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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007
NCES 2008-021
December 2007

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Table 12.1.

Percentage of public and private school teachers who agreed or strongly agreed that student misbehavior and student tardiness and class cutting interfered with their teaching, by selected teacher and school characteristics: Various school years, 1987-88 through 2003-04


  Interfered with teaching
Student misbehavior   Student tardiness and class cutting
Teacher or
school characteristic
1987–88 1990–91 1993–94 1999–2000 2003–04   1987–88 1990–91 1993–94 1999–2000 2003–04
                       
Total 40.2 33.8 41.4 38.6 35.2   32.7 25.5 29.4 31.4
                       
Years of teaching experience
3 or fewer 42.2 35.6 45.0 41.5 39.5   34.7 27.9 32.4 34.2
4 to 9 40.1 33.6 42.0 40.5 36.3   31.4 25.6 30.1 32.1
10 to 19 39.5 33.0 40.7 36.4 34.1   31.7 24.3 26.7 30.7
20 or more 40.7 34.2 40.2 37.6 32.9   34.4 25.6 29.3 29.7
                       
School level1
Elementary 39.2 34.1 40.9 39.1 33.9   22.6 17.2 24.2 26.5
Secondary 43.2 34.9 43.7 39.5 40.1   49.9 43.0 41.5 43.8
                       
Sector
Public2 42.4 35.7 44.2 40.8 37.3   34.7 27.9 31.5 33.4
Private 24.2 20.0 22.4 24.1 20.8   17.2 8.7 15.0 16.9
                       
School enrollment
Fewer than 200 31.9 25.0 31.2 32.6 29.7   24.6 14.8 21.8 25.0
200–499 36.7 30.6 36.9 36.4 30.9   24.0 17.0 25.1 26.3
500–749 41.2 34.9 42.0 40.0 34.0   29.0 21.2 27.2 28.1
750–999 44.6 39.3 47.5 39.8 37.2   35.6 30.2 27.7 31.1
1,000 or more 47.0 38.9 48.0 41.9 43.7   54.2 46.8 41.7 44.9
                       
Urbanicity3
City 41.9   36.9
Suburban 32.7   28.8
Town 33.5   30.6
Rural 31.2   28.4
— Not available.
1 Elementary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is less than or equal to grade 6 and the highest grade is less than or equal to grade 8. Secondary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is greater than or equal to grade 7. Combined schools are included in totals, but are not shown separately.
2 The public sector includes public, public charter, and Bureau of Indian Education school teachers.
3 Substantial improvements in geocoding technology and changes in the Office of Management and Budget's definition of metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas allow for more precision in describing an area. Comparisons with earlier years are not possible.
NOTE: Teachers who taught only prekindergarten students are excluded. Population sizes for teachers are 2,623,000 in 1987–88; 2,905,000 in 1990–91; 2,930,000 in 1993–94; 3,452,000 in 1999–2000; and 3,704,000 in 2003–04.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," and "Private School Teacher Data File," 1993–94, 1999–2000, and 2003–04; "Charter School Teacher Data File," 1999–2000; and "Bureau of Indian Affairs Teacher Data File," 1999–2000 and 2003–04.
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