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

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Table 12.2.

Percentage of public and private school teachers who agreed or strongly agreed that school rules are enforced by other teachers and by the principal, by selected teacher and school characteristics: Various school years, 1987-88 through 2003-04


  School rules enforced
By other teachers1   By the principal2
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 65.1 73.4 63.7 64.4 72.3   83.7 87.4 81.8 83.0 87.8
                       
Years of teaching experience
3 or fewer 68.5 76.0 68.7 69.3 76.4   84.9 88.0 85.1 84.5 88.6
4 to 9 65.2 72.7 62.9 61.6 70.6   84.0 87.4 80.6 82.7 86.8
10 to 19 64.2 72.9 63.0 64.5 71.3   83.9 87.5 82.4 83.0 87.8
20 or more 64.9 73.5 63.1 63.6 72.5   82.8 86.9 80.6 82.4 88.3
                       
School level3
Elementary 74.2 80.5 72.1 72.2 79.5   85.1 88.0 82.7 84.2 88.2
Secondary 49.9 60.2 47.0 47.2 55.7   81.5 85.8 79.0 80.0 86.2
                       
Sector
Public4 63.7 71.9 61.7 62.6 71.1   83.1 86.7 80.8 82.2 87.2
Private 75.3 84.2 77.5 75.9 80.9   88.6 91.9 88.3 88.3 92.2
                       
School enrollment
Fewer than 200 76.0 83.7 76.4 75.4 83.9   86.5 89.3 85.2 87.1 90.9
200–499 72.6 79.4 71.1 71.6 78.8   84.5 88.1 83.5 84.2 89.2
500–749 66.6 75.8 66.7 67.7 75.8   84.4 88.5 82.2 83.5 87.7
750–999 59.7 68.4 58.6 63.0 69.4   83.0 85.7 79.6 82.5 85.9
1,000 or more 48.1 57.5 45.8 47.3 56.3   80.7 84.9 78.0 79.4 85.8
                       
Urbanicity5
City 69.8   85.6
Suburban 72.9   89.0
Town 73.4   88.6
Rural 74.1   88.5
— Not available.
1 Respondents were asked whether "rules for student behavior are consistently enforced by teachers in this school, even for students not in their classes."
2 Respondents were asked whether their "principal enforces school rules for student conduct and backs me up when I need it."
3 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.
4 The public sector includes public, public charter, and Bureau of Indian Education school teachers.
5 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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