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

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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, 198788 through 200304


Teacher or school characteristic Interfered with teaching
Student misbehavior   Student tardiness and class cutting
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
Combined  35.0 26.6 32.7   28.2 15.3
                       
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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