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

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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


Teacher or school characteristic School rules enforced
By other teachers1 By the principal2
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
Combined  66.0 76.9 70.0   84.2 90.1 85.7
                       
Sector                       
Public4  63.7 71.9 61.7 62.6 71.1   83.1 86.7 80.8 82.2 88.2
Private  75.3 84.2 77.5 75.9 80.9   88.6 91.9 88.3 88.3 86.2
                       
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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