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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2008
NCES 2009-022
April 2009

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Table 6.5.

Percentage of public schools experiencing and reporting to the police serious violent incidents of crime, by the number of incidents per 1,000 students and selected school characteristics: School year 2005–06


Number of serious violent incidents experienced per 1,000 students Number of serious violent incidents reported to the police per 1,000 students
School characteristic None 1   2   3–5   6–9   10 or more   None 1   2   3–5   6–9   10 or more  
Total  82.9 1.7   3.9   5.8   2.3   3.5   87.4 1.6   3.4   4.2   1.4   2.0  
                                             
School level1                                             
Primary  89.0   2.6   4.0   2.1   2.1   93.8   2.2   2.1   0.8 !  
Middle  74.8 1.9   5.3   9.2   3.3   5.6   80.3 1.9   5.5   7.4   2.2   2.8  
High school  68.2 7.8   6.9   9.6   2.3   5.2   70.5 7.8   6.9   9.0   2.6   3.3  
Combined  82.6       2.2 ! 5.8 ! 86.8     3.9 !   5.6 !
                                             
Enrollment size                                             
Less than 300  88.6 #   #   4.6   1.6 ! 5.2   91.6   #   3.5   0.5 ! 4.2  
300–499  88.3   0.8 ! 6.3   2.7 ! 2.0   93.9 #     3.4   1.0 ! 0.9 !
500–999  80.8 0.2 ! 8.0   5.2   2.5   3.3   85.9 0.2 ! 6.6   4.0   2.0   1.2  
1,000 or more  62.8 14.2   7.4   9.0   2.5   4.0   65.9 13.8   7.7   8.1   2.0   2.4  
                                             
Urbanicity                                             
City  76.1 2.2   4.9   7.1   4.0   5.7   81.5 2.1   5.2   5.7   2.7   2.7 !
Urban fringe  84.1 2.6   4.6   5.2   1.5   2.0   88.6 2.6   3.8   2.9   0.9   1.1  
Town  84.8 1.0 ! 2.9   5.5 ! 3.5 ! 2.4 ! 87.7 0.7 ! 3.2   6.3 !    
Rural  86.4 0.5 ! 2.5   5.4   1.6   3.6   90.6 0.5 ! 1.7   3.6   1.0   2.6 !
                                             
Percent minority enrollment2                                             
Less than 5 percent  86.9 0.5 ! 2.7 ! 5.4   1.7 ! 2.8   92.7 0.5 ! 1.7 ! 3.0     1.8 !
5 percent to less than 20 percent  84.3 1.6   3.1   5.5   2.2   3.3   88.5 1.5   3.0   4.3   1.2   1.6 !
20 percent to less than 50 percent  83.4 1.8   5.0   4.6   1.2 ! 3.9   87.9 1.8   3.8   3.0   1.0   2.6 !
50 percent or more  78.4 2.4   4.2   7.4   3.6   4.0   82.6 2.3   4.3   5.9   2.5   2.3  
                                             
Percent of students eligible for                                             
free or reduced-price lunch                                             
20 percent or less  87.5 2.1   3.6   4.3   1.7 ! 0.9 ! 90.6 2.1   3.6   2.4   0.9 !  
21–50 percent  80.8 2.2   4.6   6.8   2.5   3.2   87.0 2.2   3.5   4.5   1.0   1.8 !
More than 50 percent  82.0 1.1   3.4   5.8   2.6   5.1   86.0 1.0   3.2   4.9   1.9   3.1  
                                             
Student/teacher ratio3                                             
Less than 12  85.7 0.5   2.1   5.2   2.3   4.2   89.5 0.5   2.1   3.9   1.1   2.8  
12–16  82.9 2.0   4.0   6.3   2.2 ! 2.7   87.2 1.9   3.7   5.0   1.4 ! 0.9  
More than 16  74.2 4.8   9.0   6.5   2.6 ! 3.0 ! 81.3 4.6   6.9   3.6   1.9 !  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Primary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 8. Middle schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. High schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 9. Combined schools include all other combinations of grades, including K–12 schools.
2 These estimates exclude data from the 73 schools that did not report estimates of student race/ethnicity.
3 Student/teacher ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school by the total number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers and aides. The total number of FTE teachers and aides is a combination of the full-time and part-time teachers and aides, including special education teachers and aides, with an adjustment for part-time status.
NOTE: Table was revised on November 23, 2009. Serious violent incidents include rape or attempted rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with a weapon, threat of physical attack with a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon. Serious violent incidents are also included in violent incidents. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. "At school" was defined for respondents to include activities that happen in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to include incidents that occurred before, during, or after normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2005–06 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2006.
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